Tim Huber (Nebraska-Omaha) struck out 12 in eight innings as the Eau Claire Express defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 1-0 tonight at Carson Park.
The victory improves the Express a game ahead of Wisconsin in the South Division with a 15-16 overall record. The win by Eau Claire also snaps a five-game losing streak to Wisconsin at Carson Park.
The lone run of the game came in the second inning when with two strikes Tyler Goodro (Butler CC) hit his second home run of the season on ball that just cleared the left field wall.
That is the only run that Huber needed as he struck out a season-high 12 batters. At one point, he struck out five consecutive batters and seven out of nine. The 12 strikeouts ties for the fourth most in Express history. The record is 14 by former Express pitchers Jon Bjelland and T.J. Brewer.
The closest the Woodchucks got to scoring was in the fourth inning when with runners at first and second and two outs, Matt Gantner singled to left and Vicente Cafaro tried to score from second, but he would be thrown out easily by Pat Colwell (San Diego State) to end the inning.
David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) came in the ninth to close the game. With runners at first and second with two outs, he would get Wisconsin to groundout and end the game as the Express won 1-0.
Huber (5-1) allowed just two hits in his eight innings of action. Cales earns his first save of the season. Adam Morrison (3-2) got the loss for the Woodchucks. Cales and Jonathan Merritt (Alabama-Birmingham) each had two hits apiece to lead Eau Claire at the plate.
The Express travel to Wausau tomorrow to play the second game of a home-and-home series with the Woodchucks. Game time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.