La Crosse, Wis. (UW-L Media) - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep of UW-Oshkosh Sunday afternoon at Copeland Park. The Eagles took the first game, 2-1, before winning the nightcap 13-5. UW-L improves to 24-14 overall and 16-7 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) while UW-Oshkosh falls to 17-19 overall and 7-15 in the WIAC. UW-L has won 13 of the last 14 games overall.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of third inning in Sunday's opener. Josh Rowles led-off with a double while Nic Barnes followed with a walk. Taylor Kohlwey then singled to score Rowles for a 1-0 lead. Bryce Barsness had a sacrifice bunt to score Barnes for a 2-0 advantage.
The Titans cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth as Zac Peterson scored on Trey Demler's sacrifice fly. UW-Oshkosh had the tying run on third with two outs, but Neil Hebert grounded out to end the game.
Both pitchers in Sunday's opener threw complete-games. Shane Adler (4-1) earned the win for UW-L, pitching 9.0 innings, allowing four hits, one run and one walk while striking out 11. Barsness went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Eagles while six other players had one hit.
James Lacy (2-5) suffered the loss for UW-Oshkosh, going 8.0 innings, allowing eight hits, two runs and one walk with eight strikeouts. Four different players had a hit for the Titans.
In the nightcap, UW-Oshkosh took a 1-0 lead on Peterson's solo home run in the top of the third. The Titans added two runs in the fourth as Shane Hayes and Jake Dostalek scored on an Eagles' throwing error to make it 3-0.
UW-L took its first lead of the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Cole Cefalu scored on a Barsness RBI double to cut UW-Oshkosh's lead to 3-1. Timmy Kehren later drew a two-out bases-loaded walk to make it 3-2 and Kohlwey followed with a two-run double to give the Eagles the lead.
The Titans came right back to regain a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth with two runs. Demler led-off with a solo home run and Dostalek scored on an RBI groundout by Ian Czarneski.
UW-L batted around in the bottom of the eighth scoring nine runs on five hits. A two-run single from Rowles knocked in Cefalu and Travis Buxton-Verstegen to give the Eagles a 6-5 advantage. After Jordan Greenland was intentionally walked, Seth Feldman's bunt single scored Barsness. Kohlwey followed with a bases-loaded walk to score Rowles to make it 8-5. After the second out was recorded, Cefalu drew another bases-loaded walk to bring in Greenland. Jake Paulson's and Barsness finished the scoring with two-run singles each.
Jameson Sadowske (2-0) picked up the win for UW-L. He pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing two hits while striking out three. Troy Kenkel started for the Eagles, going 6.0 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs (one earned) with four strikeouts. Barsness went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI while Rowles finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Kohlwey had three RBI and Paulson two.
Matt Sabel (1-2) suffered the loss for UW-Oshkosh, pitching 0.1 of an inning. He allowed two hits and three runs. Ben Messenger started for the Titans, going 6.0 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs (one earned) with four strikeouts. Tyler Kozlowski and Luke Gajewski each went 3-for-5 for UW-Oshkosh while Demler, Hayes and Peterson each finished with two hits.
UW-L returns to action Friday, May 9 in the WIAC Tournament at UW-Whitewater. The Eagles, the tournament's second seed, will face third-seeded UW-Stevens Point at 1 p.m. Top-seeded UW-Whitewater faces fourth-seeded UW-Stout at 10 a.m.
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