The loss drops the Express’ record to 15-17, while the Woodchucks improve to 15-17.
Wisconsin seemed not to be affected by the late starting time as it scored three runs in the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Matt Gantner hit a two-run single that brought in Vicente Cafaro and Darin Ruf. The Woodchucks added one more following an Express error to make the score 3-0.
Wisconsin added two more runs in the second. Elliot Arrington and Steve Winkelmann had back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 5-0. The Express loaded the bases in the top of the fifth with one out, but a force out at home and a fly out ended the inning. The Woodchucks added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and then added another in the sixth to take an 8-0 lead.
The Express avoided the shutout in the top of the seventh when David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) hit a RBI single to right center that plated Joe Bonfe (Creighton) to make the score 8-1. That would be the final score as the Woodchucks cruised to an 8-1 victory.
Jon Ganzen (Bellevue) (1-3) picked up the loss for the Express. Justin Fitzgerald (1-1) earned the win for Wisconsin. Cales, Bonfe, and Justin Uribe (UCLA) each had two hits to lead the Express at the place.
Eau Claire returns home tomorrow when it hosts the La Crosse Loggers for the first game of a home-and-home series. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets ahead of time. You can stop by or call the Express office to get your tickets. In addition, tickets will be sold at Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. Gates for tomorrow’s game open at 4:30. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.