La Crosse, Wis. (UWL) - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep of UW-Superior Saturday afternoon at Copeland Park, winning 15-3 and 7-6. The Eagles improve to 17-13 overall and 9-6 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) while the Yellowjackets fall to 16-11 overall and 7-7 in the conference. The doubleheader was moved to La Crosse due to unplayable field conditions in Superior.
UW-L extended its winning streak to a season-high six with Saturday's two victories.
In Saturday's opener, UW-L took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Jordan Greenland's RBI single. The Eagles made it 3-0 in the fifth on Travis Buxton-Verstegen's two-run double. The Yellowjackets cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth on Matt Vold's double scoring Wyatt Soderquist.
UW-L extended its lead to 9-1 with six runs in the top of the sixth inning. Travis Kohlwey had a sacrifice bunt for an RBI to make it 4-1 while a Cole Cefalu run-scoring double gave the Eagles a 5-1 lead. Adam Cordova followed with a two-run single while Joel Zyhowski hit an RBI double and Josh Rowles finished the scoring with an RBI single.
UW-Superior made it 9-3 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on run-scoring singles from Tom Fairbanks and Alex Quinones. UW-L finished the scoring with six runs in the ninth inning. Buxton-Verstegen had an RBI single followed by a two-run double from Zyhowski. Greenland added a sacrifice fly for an RBI while Rowles hit an RBI double. Timmy Kehren finished the scoring with an RBI groundout.
Troy Kenkel (3-1) earned the win for UW-L, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing five hits, one run and five walks while striking out three. Gunnar Neale picked up his first save, going 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two.
Every starter had at least one hit for UW-L as the Eagles finished with 22 overall. Cordova, Buxton-Verstegen, Zyhowski and Greenland each had three hits while Barsness, Rowles, Seth Feldman and Shane Adler each finished with two. Buxton-Verstegen and Zyhowski each had three RBI. UW-L scored at least 10 runs for the fifth straight game in the opening contest.
Travis Elwood (4-1) suffered the loss for UW-Superior, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 10 hits, eight runs (seven earned) and four walks while striking out five. Soderquist, Vold, Fairbanks and Quinones each had two hits for the Yellowjackets.
In the nightcap, UW-Superior took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a three-run double from Quinones. UW-L cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the second on Feldman's two-run double. The Eagles took a 4-3 lead in the third inning on Buxton-Verstegen's RBI single and Greenland solo home run. The Yellowjackets tied the game in the bottom of the third on a Quinones single and took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth on Tony Remund's RBI double.
UW-L regained the lead in the top of the sixth on Zyhowski's double and Cordova's single. The Eagles added a run in the seventh inning on a Rowles RBI double before the Yellowjackets cut the lead to 7-6 in the bottom of the frame on a Quinones RBI groundout. UW-Superior left two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth.
Jameson Sadowske (1-0) earned the victory for UW-L, pitching 4.0 innings in relief. He allowed three hits and one run with three strikeouts.
All nine starters had a hit for the Eagles as the team finished with 15 overall. Buxton-Verstegen finished with three hits while Kohlwey, Zyhowski, Cordova and Adler each had two. Feldman had two RBI and Greenland two runs scored.
Damian Wiblin (4-2) took the loss for UW-Superior, going 6.1 innings in relief. He allowed seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts.
Seven of UW-Superior's nine starters had a hit in the scond game Saturday. Soderquist had three hits while Quinones and Suguru Homma each had two. Quinones finished with five RBI.
UW-L and UW-Superior will play another doubleheader Sunday, April 27 at Copeland Park. The doubleheader has been moved to a 9:30 a.m. start due to the weather forecast