The Club Baseball program split itself into three teams and hosted three other teams to participate in its annual round robin tournament. The Badgers three teams went 5-1 against UW – Milwaukee, UW – Whitewater, and Marquette.
UW-Whitewater (Club) 6, University of Wisconsin – DI 4
In the first competition of the fall, DI’s rust showed and it was defeated by the Warhawks after giving up four runs in the first two innings. The Badgers had several hard hit balls that did not result in enough runs scored.
University of Wisconsin – DII 4, Marquette 1
The DII team also suffered from a slow start, but was able to break through against the Golden Eagles in the fifth inning when senior Sam Calmes scoredto tie the game 1-1 on an Alex Kueck RBI single. The Badgers scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth before Kueck entered the game in the seventh and recorded the save.
UW – DII 3, UW-Whitewater (Club) 2
After the Warhawks left-handed pitcher decided to go into the wind up in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior Jeremy Dixon had a feeling that he had been neglected. The next pitch the pitcher wound up again and Dixon took advantage stealing home and with it, the victory.
James Oelke gave up the only Whitewater runs in the first inning. Oelke followed that with three scoreless innings before handing the ball to Hunter Bailey and Drew Rust who also kept the Warhawks from scoring.
UW – DI 12, UW-Milwaukee (Club) 0
Freshman starting pitcher Mike Hansen lost his no-hitter for DI in the fifth and final inning when he gave up a double. The freshman retired the first 13 Panthers he faced in his first Club Baseball appearance.
Hansen induced several ground balls, including five to sophomore second baseman, Brian Mariska. The Panthers only had 16 batters come to the plate and Mariska finished the day with five assists and two put-outs.
UW – DI 13, Marquette 2
Up and down the lineup the Badgers had players with multiple hits. The Badgers were able to score in each of the four innings and DI won their second game of the weekend by the run-rule.
Each of the teams that were invited were NCBA DI teams. Once the Badgers got rolling, they showed why both of the teams in the program could be playing deep into the Spring Semester’s exam week.