Express Skid Reaches Four

After trailing 5-1, the Battle Creek Bombers scored three runs in the sixth and then five runs in the eighth to come from behind and defeat the Eau Claire Express today by a score of 9-7 at C.O. Brown Stadium.

The Express drop their fourth straight game and fall to a record of 12-14. Battle Creek improves to 10-16 and sweeps its second series of the season.

Battle Creek scored first for the second consecutive night as in the bottom of the second when with two outs John Lee hit a RBI single as the Bombers took a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Express finally took their first lead of the series when David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) hit a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error by the Bombers trying to get Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) at third allowed Calhoun and Justin Uribe (UCLA) to score to give the Express a 2-1 lead. Then after a 20-minute lightening delay, Pat Colwell (San Diego State) hit a double down the right field line that scored Cales and Dominic Piazza (Nebraska) to make the score 4-1. Bryce Nimmo (Nebraska) then hit a two-out RBI double that plated Colwell to extend the Express lead to 5-1.

The Bombers cut into the Eau Claire lead in the bottom of the sixth with three runs in the inning to make the score 5-4 Express. Battle Creek then tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Sam Donabedian had a RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Later in the eighth, the Express defense would commit two errors that led to four Bombers runs as Battle Creek took a 9-5 lead.

Eau Claire made things interesting in the ninth. With Jonathan Merritt (Alabama-Birmingham) at second, Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) hit a base hit up the middle and the centerfielder misplayed the ball, which allowed Merritt to score. Calhoun then singled in Frew to make the score 9-7. The Express had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but would strikeout to end the game.

The Express will travel to Wausau tomorrow to face the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the first game of a home-and-home series. Tomorrow’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.