The University of Wisconsin-Platteville baseball team dropped a doubleheader to host Washington University-St. Louis, 12-0 and 5-3 on a chilly Thursday afternoon in St. Louis.
The Bears outhit the Pioneers by an 18 to 7 margin in the doubleheader sweep, including holding UW-Platteville to just one hit in the nightcap. Washington University-St. Louis (13-11) got a complete game shutout from Taylor Berman, who raised his record to 3-0 in the process.
The Bears scored four times in both the first and fifth inning and twice in the second and fourth as well as capitalized on nine walks by Pioneer pitching in the win. The Pioneers' Trevor Kattre paced a UW-Platteville attack with two hits in the loss for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers again were done in by first inning damage by the Bears. Washington University raced out to a 3-0 opening the frame. UW-Platteville got on the board in its half of the second when after back-to-back walks to start the inning, Brad Milka drove in Zach Demmon to cut the deficit to 3-1. However, the Bears plated two more when they capitalized on a pair of UW-Platteville errors in its half of the inning to stretch the lead to 5-1.
The Pioneers rallied for two runs without a single hit in the fourth to cut into the Bears lead. To begin the inning, the Pioneers loaded the bases on three-straight walks which prompted a pitching change. Next, back-to-back RBI fielder's choices by Tyler Jacobson and Brad Milka cut the deficit to 5-3.
Out of the bullpen, in relief of starter Trevor Hall, Pioneers' Shane Murphy and Grant Oldenburg pitched the final 5 1/3, giving up just four hits and allowed just an unearned run for UW-Platteville.
Box Score from Game 1 | Box Score from Game 2