The University of Wisconsin-Platteville baseball team posted a doubleheader split for the second-straight weekend in WIAC play. This time, it was the Pioneers and host UW-Stout on Saturday afternoon in Menomonie with the Blue Devils winning the opener, 8-2 and UW-Platteville taking the nightcap, 10-6.
UW-Stout (5-11, 2-5 WIAC) starter Cory Hedden held the Pioneers to just four hits until the ninth inning and was supported by an 8-0 lead as the Blue Devils scored three times in both the second and seventh innings and a run in the first and the eighth.
Five different Blue Devils had multiple hits including Ben Yaucher, who went 3-for-5 and Brian Griebel, who also went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI to pace a 14-hit attack for UW-Stout.
Facing an 8-0 deficit in the ninth, the Pioneers plated two unearned runs off Hedden. A RBI double by Levi Ney (pictured above; courtesy of Layne Pitt, UW-Stout Sports Information) and a RBI single by Brad Milka got UW-Platteville on the scoreboard and ended the shutout bid by the Blue Devils’ starter.
Hedden managed to go the distance and raised his record to 2-1 with the win. Pioneers’ starter Bill Oppriecht went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out four to fall to 1-2.
The Pioneers took the ninth inning offensive surge into the night cap to come away with the 10-6 win.
To get things started, UW-Platteville took an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by Aaron Hopson in the first. UW-Stout came back with a run in its half of the first to cut the lead to 2-1.
The game remained 2-1 until the Pioneers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring four runs on just two hits. With a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning, Ney opened the inning with his third triple of the season to the gap in right center. He would come in to score on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Wiley to stretch the lead to 7-1. With a six-run lead for UW-Platteville, Davis Lenzen held the Blue Devils in check until the 7th inning when they scored three runs on four hits to trim the Pioneers’ lead to 7-4.
The Pioneers got the three runs back in the eighth. With two out, Trevor Kattre started a rally. He reached on a single up the middle and swipe second base. Next, Hopson reached on a UW-Stout error to stretch the lead to 8-4. Next, Ney recorded his third hit of the afternoon with a home run to put the Pioneers up 10-4. UW-Stout rallied for two runs in the ninth but no closer as the Pioneers pulled off the doubleheader split.
For the Pioneers, Ney finished the game with a 3-for-5 effort with two RBI and two runs scored to lead a 10-hit attack for the Pioneers. Brett Benesh went 2-for-5 and Aaron Hopson scored three times and had two RBI. Davis Lenzen picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-2.
For the Blue Devils, Brian Giebel went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a RBI and Matt Guida went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Starting pitcher Zach Kiminski went just 3 2/3 innings and he falls to 1-2 on the season.
The two teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday; first pitch is scheduled for noon. Ironically, in the two games combined, Ney hit for the cycle with a double in the first game, and a single, triple and home run in the second game.