For the second-straight day in WIAC action, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville baseball team split a doubleheader with host UW-Stout in Menomonie.
UW-Platteville (4-14, 3-5 WIAC) earned the split wining the cap by a 12-5 margin after dropping game one, 10-8. UW-Stout (6-11, 3-4 WIAC) had 13 hits in each game of the doubleheader split.
In game one, the Blue Devils had five players with two hits – three of which that also had two RBI in the win.
UW-Stout won the back-and-forth contest, scoring in the first five innings en route to a 9-5 lead. The Blue Devils withstood a late threat by the Pioneers, where they scored three times in the eighth and held UW-Platteville in check for the ninth for the win.
Despite the loss for the Pioneers, UW-Platteville had 13 hits among nine players. Aaron Hopson, Cody Luther, Trevor Kattre and Levi Ney each had two hits to pace the attack. Brad Milka and Jared Baroni each had two RBIs in the defeat.
UW-Platteville starter Shane Murphy was the losing pitcher, falling to 0-2 after a 2 1/3 inning stint. He allowed four hits, gave up five runs – four earned.
UW-Stout starter Dan Britts raised his record to 2-1 with a five-inning effort, where he struck out seven, gave up eight hits, five runs – four earned. John Ewald pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers pounded a season-high 18 hits and matched a season-high with 12 runs in the 12-5 win. Brett Benesh (pictured), Kevin Fessler and Cody Luther each had three hits to lead the hit parade for the Pioneers. Also, Benesh had a season-high four RBI and three runs scored and Fessler had three runs scored and a RBI. UW-Platteville starting pitcher Justin Crotty went five innings to raise his record to 2-3. He allowed just six hits, two runs- both earned in the process.
After a scoreless first and second inning, the Pioneers offense awoke in the third inning with three runs and two more in the fourth on a home run by Benesh. The Falcons scored twice in the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-2.
With a 5-2 lead in the sixth, the game was halted for 40 minutes because of strong winds, heavy rain and lightning at Nelson Field. When play resumed, the Pioneers added four more in the sixth followed by a lone run in the seventh, giving them a 10-2 lead after the delay.
The Blue Devils got two of them back on a two-run home run in the seventh to cut the UW-Platteville advantage to 10-4. However, the Pioneer offense came back with two in the ninth on a RBI single by Cody Luther and a RBI double by Tyler Jacobson. UW-Stout scored once in the bottom of the ninth for the final margin.
Next, the Pioneers will return home for a Tuesday afternoon game against Edgewood at Kendall Murray Field at 3 p.m.