Express Bats Prove Powerful

The 11 runs tied for the second-most runs scored by the Express at Carson Park in team history. The Express have now won six of their last seven games and have a record of 12-10. Alexandria is on six-game skid and are 12-11 overall.

Alexandria had three doubles in the top of the first and would score two runs to take an early 2-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the first, the Express scored four runs on just one RBI. Teddy Pattock (Long Beach State) led off with an infield single. He advanced to second two batters later on a passed ball. Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) then walked to put runners at first and second. Tyler Goodro (Butler CC) then hit a groundball to third, but the Beetles could not get anybody out on the play to load the bases. A wild pitch then plated Pattock to make the score 2-1. That was followed by a balk to score Calhoun to tie the contest. Dominic Piazza (Nebraska) then walked and Goodro scored on another wild pitch to give the Express a 3-2 lead. Justin Uribe (UCLA) finished the scoring with the first RBI of the inning with a single to center that scored Piazza to make the score 4-2 Express.

The Express kept the offense going in the bottom of the third. Uribe doubled down the right field line to score both Piazza and Goodro. Uribe then scored on a wild pitch to give the Express a 7-2 lead. Eau Claire was not done yet though as they would put up another four-spot in the fourth. With runners at first and second, Calhoun smoked a double to right center that drove in Pattock. Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) then scored on a groundout. An error later in the inning allowed Calhoun to score and Uribe drove in his fourth run of the night on single to center to give the Express an 11-2 lead.

The Beetles would get one run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Express cruised to an 11-5 win.

Casey Schmidt (Creighton) (1-1) earned his first win on the mound allowing eight hits in six innings of work. Mike LaLuna (New York Tech) and David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) closed out the game for Eau Claire. Uribe led the Express at the plate going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored in just his second game with Eau Claire.

The Express will play game three of a four-game home stand tomorrow when they welcome the St. Cloud River Bats into town for the first game of a two-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.