The Eau Claire Express completed their second road series sweep of the season with a 9-3 victory over the Thunder Bay Border Cats tonight at Port Arthur Stadium.
Eau Claire has won 10 of its last 12 games and improve to 8-2 in the second half and 25-19 overall. Thunder Bay drops to a record of 4-6 in the second half and 17-27 overall.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Express would get on the board in the top of the fourth. Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) led off with a walk. Jacob Jefferies (UC-Davis) then laid down a bunt that died on the first baseline, and Calhoun would hustle his way to third. Justin Uribe (UCLA) then hit a groundball right back to the pitcher and the throw home beat Calhoun, but the catcher would not be able to hang on to the ball on the slide as the Express took a 1-0 lead. David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) then followed with a single to drive in Jefferies. Uribe later scored on a double play to give Eau Claire a 3-0 lead.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) walked. Then Calhoun stepped to the plate and hit a two-run home run over the right field wall to make the score 5-0. It was Calhoun’s second homer of the season. Jefferies then hit an infield single and stole second. Uribe knocked him in on a base hit to center to make the score 6-0 Express.
After a Thunder Bay sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth made the score 6-1, Nick Wichser (UW-Milwaukee) led off the top of the sixth with a walk. After two Express outs, Bryce Nimmo (Nebraska) singled in Wichser to make the score 7-1. After a walk, Calhoun would drive in his third and fourth RBIs of the night on a double down the left field line to make the score 9-1.
The Border Cats scored two runs in the seventh, but the Express would cruise to a 9-3 victory. Shane Dyer (New Mexico) (3-3) picked up the win, allowing one run in six innings. Rodney Wodson (Alabama-Birmingham) closed out the game for Eau Claire pitching the last three innings. Calhoun had four RBIs, which included a two-run home run to lead the Express offensively.
The Express will make the trek down to Waterloo, Iowa for tomorrow night’s game against the Waterloo Bucks. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Riverfront Stadium.