Express newcomer Russell Dixon (Auburn) had four RBIs tonight and pitcher Jon Ganzen (Bellevue) earned the win on the mound as the Express ended a four-game losing streak at La Crosse defeating the Loggers 7-2 at Copeland Park.
The win improves the Express record to 2-4 overall. The loss drops the Loggers to a 4-2 record overall. Tonight’s victory by the Express was their first win at Copeland Park since July 17th, 2006.
Eau Claire got on the scoreboard in the top of the first. Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) was hit by a pitch to leadoff the game. After a La Crosse error put runners at first and second and a sacrifice moved the runners over, new arrival Russell Dixon stepped to the plate. Dixon hit groundball to the second baseman, which allowed Frew to score from third to make the score 1-0.
The Express extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third when Frew scored again on a Nick Wichser (UW-Milwaukee) infield single. La Crosse scored in the bottom of the third when Spencer Lucian scored on a single to right, but Express outfielder Pat Colwell (San Diego State) threw out Justin Toole at the plate to limit La Crosse to just one run in the inning.
Eau Claire loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and Ian Hollick (New Mexico) hit a RBI single to left that drove in Mike LaLuna (New York Tech) as the Express went up 3-1. Two batters later, Dixon delivered again as he cleared the bases with a double down the left field line to make the score 6-1. Dixon scored later in the inning on an over throw by the catcher to give the Express a 7-1 lead.
The Loggers added one run in the sixth inning, but that is as close as they would get as the Express cruised to 7-2 victory.
Jon Ganzen (1-0) pitched seven innings to pick up the win in his first game with the Express. Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) pitched the final two innings and had four strikeouts. Scott Kuhns (1-1) received the loss for the Loggers.
The Express return home tomorrow for a two-game series against the Thunder Bay Border Cats. National performing act Rally Time will also be at the game as part of Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce Night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.