La Crosse, Wis. (Viterbo) – With unfavorable weather predicted for tomorrow, Viterbo University and Mount Mercy University decided to play a triple header today. The V-Hawks would take the first two (6-1 and 2-0) but was unsuccessful on their third try as the fell in the night cap 7-4.
In the first game, the Mustangs got on the board right away but that would be all of the scoring they could manage. Viterbo responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Matt Watkins. Viterbo would then get three more runs in the fourth as they got a 2 –run double from Phil Pupillo and a sacrifice fly from Brad Williams. Viterbo would add a run in the fifth and sixth inning each to round out the scoring.
Senior Ben O'Reilly (6-4) would pick up the win on the mound for the V-Hawks as he recorded his third straight complete game victory. O'Reilly allowed just one run on six hits while striking out five. Pupillo led the V-Hawk offense as he was 2-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI's.
The second game was a pitcher's duel as neither team got much going for offense. The only major offense came in the third inning as the V-Hawks scored two runs on two hits and an error. Watkins came up with the big hit that drove in a run and helped score another run on the error. That would be all the offense V-Hawk starting pitcher Evan Taylor (8-1) would need as he was lights out. Taylor allowed just two hits all game and struck out six for his first complete game shutout of the season. Taylor moved in to second place on the single season wins list with eight and is just one win away from tying the school record.
The Mustangs offense would wake up for game three as they scored seven run in the first four innings. Mount Mercy would get a three run home run in the second inning and then score two runs in both the third and fourth inning. Viterbo would put themselves in position in each inning to score runs but would never get the big hit they had gotten in the first two games. Viterbo scored single runs in innings two through five but that would be it. Freshman Colton Andresen (2-3) would suffer the loss on the mound as he allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings of work. Watkins and Shea Coates each finished with two hits and an RBI to lead the V-Hawk offense.
Viterbo is now 27-17 on the year and 14-7 in Midwest Collegiate Conference action while Mount Mercy is now 12-28 overall and 8-15 in conference play. These two teams will try to complete the four game series tomorrow pending weather and field conditions. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 pm, however may be played at any point in the day.