For the third time in four days and the second consecutive night the Eau Claire Express had a walk-off win as Pat Colwell (San Diego State) delivered an RBI single in the ninth to defeat the La Crosse Loggers 6-5 tonight at Carson Park.
The Express have won four in a row and improve their second half record to 20-8 and their overall record to 37-25. The Loggers drop to a second half record of 7-21 and a 25-37 overall record.
In front of the second largest crowd of the season, Eau Claire got the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when Tyler Goodro (Butler CC) scored on an Ian Hollick (New Mexico) fielder’s choice.
La Crosse came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth when Cole White singled to center field driving in Eric Thames and Troy Hanzawa. Eau Claire came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) led off with a walk. After a sacrifice, Jake Jefferies (UC-Davis) laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners. Then on a double steal attempt Calhoun scored after the catcher’s throw sailed into center field.
The Express then took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Uribe (UCLA) scored on a passed ball to give the Express a 3-2 lead. Then after a double by Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) Calhoun drilled his fourth home run of the season over the right field Fan Deck to make the score 5-2.
However, the Loggers would come back to tie it in the top of the eighth. Back-to-back base hits and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Thames then scored on a walk. Willie Bowman then singled in White and Trevor Coleman scored on a Phil Bartz sacrifice fly to tie the game 5-5. David Cales (Illinois-Chicago) then came in and got a strikeout with a runner at third to end the inning.
After the Express went quietly in the eighth and La Crosse went down in the top of the ninth, the Express had another rally in them. After the first two batters went down, Frew hit a hustling double to center. Calhoun then was intentionally walked. Colwell then hit a single to right and Frew came around and just beat the catchers tag at the plate as the Express won 6-5.
Cales (3-2) received the win on the mound. Justin Toole (0-1) picked up the loss. Frew had three hits, including a pair of doubles to lead the Express offensively. Eau Claire also broke the team’s season attendance record as they end with an attendance of 68,658.
The Express begin a season-ending six game road trip tomorrow that takes them to three playoff contenders. They begin in Green Bay tomorrow for the first game of a two-game series against the Bullfrogs. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Johannes Stadium.