The Express hit the .500 mark for the first time this season as they improve to a record of 9-9. The Bombers fall to a record of 6-12 this season and have lost four straight games.
The first 3.5 innings of tonight’s game were scoreless; however, the Bombers would score in the bottom of the fourth. After two singles and a wild pitch, Battle Creek had runners at second and third with one out. A ground ball was then hit at the first baseman David Cales (Illinois-Chicago), who threw out the runner at home for the second out of the inning. However, the next batter John Lee hit a two-out RBI single to make the score 1-0.
The Express came back to tie it in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Dominic Piazza (Nebraska) walked and then reached second on a Bombers error. Mickey Fadness (UW-Oshkosh) then got the first hit of the game for the Express with a RBI double down the right field line to plate Piazza.
Eau Claire took the lead for good in the top of the sixth. With one out, Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) was hit by a pitch. Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) then hit a ground rule double to put runners at second and third. Tyler Goodro (Butler CC) then grounded out to score Frew, and Calhoun would also score after the Bombers threw the ball away when trying to get him out at third base to give the Express a 3-1 lead.
The Bombers added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Tim Huber closed the door and the Express went on to win by a score of 3-2.
Huber (3-0) pitches his second complete game of the season and his first nine inning complete game. He allowed eight hits, but also struck out eight batters. It was Huber’s eighth career win with the Express, which ties him with former Express pitcher Jon Bjelland for the most in team history.
The Express will now travel to their last destination in their seven-game road trip as they will face Waterloo tomorrow for the first game of a two-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.