It was the visiting team winning both games of the home-and-home series as the Wisconsin Woodchucks defeated the Eau Claire Express tonight by a score of 3-1 at Carson Park.
Both the Express and the Woodchucks have identical 13-15 records. Wisconsin has won the last five games at Carson Park.
Eau Claire would get runners in scoring position the first two innings, but come away with no runs. The Express finally got a run across in the third. With two outs, Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) singled. Then David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) reached on an error. With runners at the corner, Justin Uribe (UCLA) hit a grounder towards the shortstop, but the ball went underneath his glove to allow Calhoun to score to give the Express a 1-0 advantage.
Jordan Stine led off the top of the fourth reaching on an error. An infield single and a sacrifice put runners at second and third with one out. Stine then scored on a wild pitch to tie the contest 1-1. Steve Winkelmann then singled in Brandon Frazier to give the Woodchucks a 2-1 lead.
The Express loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but came away with nothing. Brandon Frazier led off the top of the sixth with a triple to right center. He then scored on a Darin Ruf single to extend the Wisconsin lead to 3-1. The Express would get one more runner to third in the seventh, but he would be stranded as the Woodchucks prevailed by a score of 3-1.
Elliott Ogawa (Georgia Tech) (0-1) picked up the loss for the Express. Blake Martin earned the win in relief for Wisconsin. Pat Venditte picked up his second save of the season. Bryce Nimmo (Nebraska) and Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) each had two hits apiece to lead the Express at the plate.
The Express will welcome the first half South Division champions tomorrow, the expansion Green Bay Bullfrogs. Tomorrow’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.