Both teams grab brooms

DI sweeps its second consecutive series. The three victories moved Wisconsin to a 10-3 overall record and helped it maintain its position atop the conference standings with an 8-1 conference record.

UW DI 20, UW-Whitewater 15

Sophomore Nick Newburg continued his hot streak on Friday night at Warner Park driving in five runs. Newburg went 4-for-5 with a double and hit his second homerun of the season.

Freshman Tyler Safgren went 3-for-6 and senior Jalen Knuteson went 3-for-5. Taylor Tomczak went 2-for-6 with a double and Ed Olson drew three walks.

The Badgers used four pitchers in the game, starting with Mike Hansen before turning to Ben Horman and Griffin Lynch in the fourth inning. James Oelke came in to relieve Lynch in the seventh inning and would be credited as the winning pitcher.

UW DI 3, UW-Whitewater 1

Junior Alex Noel gave up four hits, walked three batters, and hit two batters, but only allowed one run. Noel even worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the Badgers’ victory.

Alex Noel earned the victory in the first game of the doubleheader against UW-Whitewater on Alumni Day at Warner Park.
Alex Noel earned the victory in the first game of the doubleheader against UW-Whitewater on Alumni Day at Warner Park.

The first game of Saturday’s double header was much different than Friday night’s game. The Badgers only had three hits one day after having 17 hits the night before.

A wild pitch in the fifth inning scored the first run for Wisconsin before Aaron Peterson’s two-out single drove in two runs to give the Badgers the lead it would need.

UW DI 8, UW-Whitewater 0

In the final game of the series, freshman Tyler Safgren and Jake Cavaiani each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Safgren also had a double.

Nick Newburg delivered a complete-game shutout for Wisconsin striking out five Warhawks’ batters.
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The Badgers travel to Milwaukee next weekend to play Marquette University in a three-game series. On Saturday the Badgers will play a doubleheader starting at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday a single game beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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DII COMPLETES SEASON WITH A SWEEP
DII finished its season with a series sweep of UW-Stevens Point. The Badgers compiled an overall record of 14-5 and a conference record of 11-4. They missed the playoffs by one game, as Winona State won the conference with a 12-3 record.

UW DII 7, UWSP 1

Sophomore Alec Nelson turned in another strong performance on the hill, throwing five innings of shutout ball and allowing just one hit. He also struck out four Stevens Point batters.

Wisconsin came out swinging hot bats, scoring four runs in the first two innings.

Sophomore center fielder Chris Trafton and junior left fielder Tony DeBartolo both collected RBI singles in the first.

Senior first baseman Sam Calmes set the tone offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Junior Andrew Wolfe shut the door, pitching the last two innings and giving up one unearned run.

UW DII 2, UWSP 0

The Wisconsin offense cooled off in the second contest Saturday and the Badgers found themselves in a tight pitcher’s duel.

The Badgers scored two quick runs in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Wolfe and senior outfielder Alex Kueck, who went 3-for-3. But Wisconsin would be held scoreless for the rest of the game as the two starting pitchers battled back and forth.

Sophomore Drew Rust got the ball for his first start of the season and dazzled. He went four innings and gave up just two hits while keeping the Dawgs off the scoreboard.

Sophomore Nick Zacharias then came on in relief and picked up right where Rust left off. He gave up only one hit in two innings of work.

Sophomore Eric Van Wazer then came in for the save in the seventh inning and dominated. He struck out the side, firing a number of fastballs past UWSP hitters to secure the victory for Wisconsin.

UW DII 2, UWSP 0

Sunday proved to be a special day for the Badgers as they honored their five seniors with a hard-fought victory.

Senior Mac Sinclair started the game on the mound, his first start of the season, and was lights out. He earned the win, throwing five and ⅓ innings of shutout baseball. He struck out five and gave up only three hits.

Senior Alex Kueck suffered an ankle injury that kept him from pitching in his final appearance in the Cardinal and White, but came on to pinch-hit in a big spot in the bottom of the fifth.

With the score tied at zero, DeBartolo doubled to start the inning. Junior right fielder Vinson Mulvey then moved him to third with a ground ball. Trafton drew a walk, bringing Kueck up to the plate with the go-ahead run on third. A wild throw on a pick-off attempt allowed DeBartolo to score and Trafton to move to second. Kueck, sprained ankle and all, delivered a ground ball single to left that scored Trafton to put Wisconsin up 2-0.

Senior Jarek Petras came on in the sixth to relieve Sinclair, who exited the game to a standing ovation. Petras came into the game with the bases loaded, but struck out a UWSP batter to get out of the jam.

In the bottom of the sixth, Calmes doubled off the left field wall in his final at bat as a Badger. Senior Jake Poeske then drew a walk in his last plate appearance.

Petras then slammed the door, completing the five-out save. With the tying run on second, he induced a ground ball for the final out, ending the Badgers season on a high note.

End of season notes

Ultimately the Badgers fell short of their goal, but learned a valuable lesson from the season: every game must be treated like a playoff game in order to advance to regionals. This will serve the young Badgers well as they continue their quest for a national title.

UW DII wraps up its season after missing the playoffs by one game for the second straight season. (Photo Dr. Bob Zoeller)
UW DII wraps up its season after missing the playoffs by one game for the second straight season. (Photo Dr. Bob Zoeller)

Wisconsin graduates five seniors who did a tremendous amount of work for the club. Jake Poeske, Sam Calmes, Mac Sinclair, Alex Kueck and Jarek Petras will all be missed for their contributions both on the field and off.

Tony DeBartolo led the team in hitting with a scorching .453 average. He also led the team in RBIs with 18 and home runs with three.

Chris Trafton co-led the team in runs scored with 17, while also hitting .408 and compiling a .491 on base percentage. Junior second baseman Jack Zoeller also scored 17 runs.

Sophomore catcher Bobby Ehrlich led the team in on base percentage with a .512 mark.

Drew Rust and Nick Zacharias each had an astonishing 0.00 ERA in eight innings pitched, mostly out of the bullpen.

Jarek Petras (2.18 ERA) and Alec Nelson (4.05 ERA) each earned three wins.

Wisconsin will return seven starters next year and will set their sights on a playoff run.

DII drops series to NIU

DII suffered a tough series loss at the hands of Northern Illinois University, dropping the first and last games of the series.

NIU 7, UW DII 2

The Badgers took an early lead but could not overcome a big fifth inning from the Huskies.

Sophomore center fielder Chris Trafton scored the first run of the contest for Wisconsin after being hit by a pitch to lead off the second. He then stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch.

NIU took the lead in the fourth, scoring two runs on a two-out single. The Huskies then put up three more runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 5-1.

The Badgers responded by stringing together a few hits in the fifth, including an RBI single from junior second baseman Jack Zoeller. Wisconsin loaded the bases but could not push across another run.

NIU tacked on two more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

UW DII 11, NIU 1

The Badgers came out hot in the second game, pounding out eight hits in the first inning to put up nine runs.

Zoeller had two hits in the first inning, including an RBI double. Seven different Badgers collected hits in the inning. Trafton and senior first baseman Sam Calmes delivered RBI doubles. Junior right fielder Vinson Mulvey had two RBIs in the inning.

No runs were scored again until the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore  Alec Nelson was masterful on the hill, pitching four innings and giving up zero hits. He also struck out six Huskie batters.

Wisconsin won the game in the fifth inning after freshman first baseman Jordan Gerothanas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to put the Badgers up ten runs. 

NIU 7, UW DII 6

The Badgers fell to the Huskies in a heartbreaker Sunday, allowing four runs in the top of the seventh.

The game was a 0-0 pitchers duel until the Badgers took the lead in their half of the fourth. Wisconsin loaded the bases and scored two runs on ground balls to the shortstop, courtesy of junior outfielder Tony DeBartolo and Trafton.

Junior Andrew Wolfe was stellar on the mound, making just one mistake on the afternoon. With two outs in the top of the sixth, NIU catcher Teele hit a three-run homer to left to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead.

The Badgers responded with force though, putting up a four spot in the bottom of the sixth. Mulvey ripped a single up the middle to start the inning. DeBartolo followed with a double to off the wall to center that scored senior pinch runner Alex Kueck from first.

After loading the bases, freshman outfielder Jacob Budnik took a pitch to his back to score the go-ahead run. Zoeller, who was 4-for-4 on the day, then drove in two runs with a two-out single to left.

Wisconsin’s 6-3 lead would not be enough though. Teele again killed the Badgers, delivering a two-out two-RBI double to give NIU a 7-6 lead.

Wisconsin was unable push across the tying run in the final frame.

The series loss puts the Badgers in a tough spot in the conference, as they will need Bradley to take two from Winona State to advance to the playoffs. Wisconsin will do what they can though, as they take on UW-Steven’s Point at home this weekend. Come out and support Wisconsin in the final home series of the year. They play at 12 and 2 p.m. at Murphy Field in Waunakee and then at 11:30 a.m. at Warner Park on Sunday.

DI sweeps UW-Milwaukee

The Badgers swept the visiting Panthers in their first conference series of the Spring. Since Spring break, DI’s games have been postponed due to living in Wisconsin.

UW DI 17, UW-Milwaukee 7

Freshman Tyler Safgren and junior Aaron Peterson led the Badgers’ offensive attack that defeated the Panthers. Safgren hit 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three runs and Peterson went 2-for-3 drawing three walks and scoring four runs.

Sophomore Nick Newburg, who reached base in every plate appearance of the weekend, went 3-for-3 with a double and drew three walks.

Mike Hansen was credited with the victory after allowing four hits and three runs. Austin Mullins and Evan Polce came in to finish the game.

UW DI 10, UW-Milwaukee 0

Junior Alex Noel made quick work of the Panthers only allowing two hits in the five-inning game. Sophomore Colten DeMorett went 4-for-4 with four singles.

Newburg went 2-for-2 with one walk and hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning.

UW DI 8, UW-Milwaukee 3

Junior Griffin Lynch struck out seven batters and only gave up one hit in four innings on the mound.

Newburg came on in relief for Lynch and pitched three no-hit innings with three strikeouts. At the plate, Newburg drew a walk and was hit by pitch in his other three plate appearances.

DII sweeps Augustana; moves into first place in conference

After suffering a tough series loss against Winona State, the Badgers played their way back into first place in the conference with a series sweep over Augustana.

UW DII 19, Augustana 0

Wisconsin quickly jumped on the Vikings, scoring four runs in the first inning. Freshman shortstop Tyler Behle delivered a two-RBI single that scored junior right fielder Vinson Mulvey and sophomore center fielder Chris Trafton.

Senior Jarek Petras dominated on the hill, only allowing one hit over four innings of work. He took a no-hitter into the fourth. Petras struck out five Viking batters and only walked two.

Sophomore Nick Zacharias finished the game, throwing a scoreless fifth inning and striking out two.

The Badgers put up five runs in the third to extend their lead to 9-0. Freshman second basemen Alexis Quintero, who was 2-for-4 in the game, drove in senior catcher Jake Poeske with a single up the middle.

Wisconsin then put up nine runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks in part to a hitting clinic put on by the pitchers. Four different pitchers collected base hits in the fifth. Junior Andrew Wolfe went 2-for-2 with two infield singles. Sophomore Eric Van Wazer ripped a double into the gap that scored a run. Freshman Colin Schrof delivered a two-RBI single and sophomore Drew Rust smashed a base hit to left.

UW DII 13, Augustana 1

Wisconsin fell behind early after Trafton lost a fly ball in the sun, allowing Augustana to score a run in the bottom of the first. But Wisconsin responded in a big way, putting up seven runs in the top of the second, effectively putting the game out of reach.

Junior first basemen Mitchell Hunger got the rally started with a one-out walk. Quintero then doubled into the gap, advancing Hunger to third. But the runs didn’t come until there were two outs, starting with a two-RBI single by senior designated hitter Sam Calmes. Trafton then knocked in Calmes with a single of his own. Junior left fielder Tony DeBartolo then muscled up and crushed a home run to left field, putting the Badgers up 5-1. DeBartolo now has three home runs on the campaign and has homered in back-to-back weekends.

Wisconsin wasn’t done though as Poeske and sophomore catcher Bobby Ehrlich drew consecutive walks. Behle then ripped a double into the gap, scoring both Poeske and Ehrlich.

The Badgers tacked on a few more runs later in the game and held Augustana scoreless over the rest of the contest.

Behle paced Wisconsin offensively, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. He was 4-for-7 during the series.

Sophomore James Oelke earned the win, throwing three innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out six. Rust and senior Alex Kueck each threw two innings and had two strikeouts.

UW DII 7, Augustana 0

Augustana forfeited the third game, due to not having enough players.

 

Overall, it was an impressive series for the Badgers, both offensively and defensively. With the sweep, Wisconsin moved to 10-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference, remaining one game ahead of Winona State. With the series loss to Winona State, the Badgers do not own the tiebreaker in the event that the conference ends in a tie. As a result, every game has become a must-win for Wisconsin.

The Badgers will look to keep rolling this weekend as they take on Northern Illinois at home. They will play at 12 and 2 p.m. on Saturday at Murphy Field in Waunakee and then on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Warner Park, the home of the Madison Mallards. Wisconsin could use support from students as they continue the push for the playoffs. Come out to the ballpark and cheer on the Badgers this weekend.