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Tournament Results

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.

October Baseball in Madison

This weekend the Club Baseball teams will be playing in and around Madison. The following schedule includes locations of the games and times that games will start. We look forward to seeing people there.

Friday, UW DI vs. UW-Whitewater — 5:00 PM at Mansfield Park in Madison (201 S Gammon Rd.)
Saturday, UW DII vs. Marquette — 11:00 AM at Norse Park in Stoughton
Saturday, UW DII vs UW-Whitewater — 1:30 PM at Ahuska Park in Monona
Saturday, UW DI vs UW-Milwaukee — 6:30 PM at Ahuska Park in Monona
Sunday, UW DI vs. Marquette — 11:00 AM at Ahuska Park in Monona
Sunday, UW DII vs. UW-Milwaukee — 11:00 AM at Norse Park in Stoughton.
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Try-Outs Today and Tomorrow

We will have try-outs today at 4:00 and at 6:00, as well as tomorrow evening at 5:00.

To sign up, follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E9CKMgX4vsRn4HD99p_KyDMQeOHBpBtwRLfn5yfI3zg/edit#gid=0

We will leave from the parking lot in front of the business mall at the corner of West Washington Ave and Regent St. As it says in the above link, we will be leaving at 3:45 for Ahuska Park in Monona.

Make sure you to follow the instructions in the Become a Member tab above.

Contact jknuteson@wisc.edu with any questions.

New Season Beginning

Please make sure you check our ‘Become a Member’ tab in the toolbar for generic information regarding what it takes to play for our team. If you or anyone you know is interested in continuing playing baseball at the collegiate level, please refer them here.

More specific information — including important dates — can be found below. Over the next week we will have four informational sessions for potential players.

Keep on!

If you would like some more information, these events will be helpful for you:
September 3 — Rec Sports hosts an event where students have a chance to find out what sports clubs exist and whether or not they are interested. This event is at the UW Natatorium from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
September 8 — Rec Sports will be hosting another event similar to the event on September 3. This event will be at the SERF from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
September 8 — The Student Org Fair will be held at the Kohl Center from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
September 9 — The second Student Org Fair will be held at the Kohl Center from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.
If you know that you would like to try out, come sign up:
September 9 — Engineering Hall Rm 1213 from 8:00PM to 9:00PM.
We will go over more official details and get new players signed up for try-outs. Bring your lap tops.
September 10 — Memorial Union (RIP) from 8:00PM to 9:00PM.
Another opportunity to get signed up for try-outs. Bring your lap tops.
September 13th is the first week that we will be evaluating baseball talent, making cuts, and playing baseball.

 

Volleyball Fundraiser Approaching

People consistently ask us how they can help our program maintain our level of excellence. We have several fundraisers throughout the calendar year and our Volleyball Tournament is quickly approaching: August 15th to be exact.

Time is running out to play in the tournament, but Lucky’s Bar & Grille in Waunakee still promises to host an entertaining event worth attending. See our Facebook event for more details.

If you’re a student and you’re concerned that you have to move into your apartment on August 15th, but still would love to play Volleyball and contribute to our program, we will be having another tournament on August 29th at Coliseum Bar in Madison.

Follow us on Twitter and Like our Facebook page to remain updated about the various ways that you can get involved!

Thank you and On Wisconsin!

Nomadic Dedication: Honing a Craft Without a Permanent Home

At a school with no baseball facilities on campus, it is no easy task for the club team to find places to practice. The struggle to find a place to practice on campus is both metaphorical and telling of how bad our players want to continue playing competitive baseball.

Which is why club baseball makes the most of what is available, taking advantage of the Greg Reinhard Baseball Academy, the Stock Pavilion, and the McClain Center.

With the season right around the corner, the players are practicing two or three times a week at these various facilities, working hard to bring a championship to Madison—if not, two.

First Class Facility

Located about 15 minutes outside of the city, the GRB complex is a large indoor batting cage with ample room for the two teams to practice.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the club team has the entire facility to work on pitching and hitting. With multiple 60 foot cages, GRB provides a great opportunity for pitchers to throw to live batters, a necessary step to prepare for the campaign.

“It’s cool to go to a nice facility because it actually feels like what a collegiate baseball team would have,” said freshman pitcher and first baseman Austin Mullins.

In addition to live at bats, GRB’s several cages allow all players to take plenty of hacks while waiting to hit live. The live pitching also gives catchers the ability to work with pitchers in game-like situations, a skill that takes a lot of time to develop and is vital to winning ballgames.

Both hitters and pitchers alike reap the benefits of this work throughout the winter.

“Having hitters see live pitching and getting a chance for our pitchers to get their arms ready despite the winter weather really prepares us well for spring break,” said senior Club President Billy Calawerts.

Character Development

The Stock Pavilion is often home to horses, pigs and goats, but on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays it is also home to the baseball team. Used for animal shows, the Stock is an open oval of dirt, surrounded by stadium seating.

While the dirt is rocky and not suitable for infield work, the large area allows for pitchers to throw bullpens and a batting cage to be put up for hitters to utilize.

“There’s not many baseball facilities that have live animals in them,” Calawerts said. “Having the players set up the net and coordinating that is always interesting.”

Since the Stock’s primary function is not baseball, the players take on the task of assembling and hanging up the batting cage in the middle of the Pavilion.

This process, depending on the expertise of the players, can take some time to get right. Nonetheless, when the net is hooked up properly, it serves its function admirably.

“I initially laughed, then I went up and down the stairs looking aimlessly for a place that we could actually hit and throw,” Mullins said reflecting on his initial reaction before seeing the cage set up.

“It has just become a normal thing. I don’t even think twice about it being odd or anything. It’s a place where we practice, nothing more, nothing less.”

The Stock certainly takes some getting used to, especially the smell, but in the end it is a convenient option for offseason work. The multiple time slots available allow players to sign up on dates and times that work for them, which gives all players the opportunity to practice consistently.

“It’s funny because my freshman year one of my friends who plays DI baseball sent me a picture of their state of the art indoor practice facility and I responded with a picture of the stock,” Calawerts said. “It’s definitely not desirable but you definitely grow to like it.”

President-elect Jalen Knuteson looks at the experience in the Stock fondly.

“I think it really proves whether or not guys want to get better or not,” said Knuteson. “You can either be stubborn, and avoid setting up the cage to get better, or show how much you love the game of baseball by practicing in the Stock.”

Late Night Grind

Around two times a month, the club team is granted access to the McClain Center, the indoor football field located right next to Camp Randall. Unfortunately, these practices run from 10 p.m to midnight, which is not always an easy time slot to make for college students. Regardless, the dedicated players take time out of their busy schedules to work hard.

“The McClain provides the opportunity in the winter to stretch out throwing and do infield as a team,” Calawerts said.

The huge turf field allows space for all players to improve their game. Infielders are able to take ground balls and turn double plays, outfielders can shag fly balls, and catchers are able to work on throws down to second base.

The space also helps the infielders build chemistry with one another. The ability to work through game like situations helps the players get used to where each infielder will be. The team goes through both bunt and first and third situations, making sure they have the different plays down.

This world class facility on its own makes the players want to practice and take advantage of every minute in McClain. But there is also something special about

gracing the same field as players such as Melvin Gordon and Russell Wilson; about practicing in the midst of greatness.

The team may only be able to practice in McClain a few times a semester, but it is vital to the club’s preparation. The ability to practice in such a large area ensures that the team is ready for game situations before the season even starts.

“I like to think of it as with the Stock, GRB, and McClain, we have a complete practice facility comparable to practicing outside,” said Calawerts.

And the players find extra value in their humble practice situation.

“Practicing in all three facilities shows us—even if we don’t always acknowledge it—how much we are willing to sacrifice to continue playing this game at a high level,” said Knuteson.

 

-by Robert Ehrlich