Titans Defeat Dutchmen To Finish Off Florida Excursion

Andy Brahier's three hits scored four UW-Oshkosh runs against the Dutchmen.
Andy Brahier's three hits scored four UW-Oshkosh runs against the Dutchmen.

Andy Brahier produced four runs with his three hits as the UW-Oshkosh baseball team concluded its eight-game trip to Florida with a 6-1 victory over Union College (N.Y.) on Friday (March 24) in Auburndale.

UW-Oshkosh (7-4) won its last five games of the southern expedition after losing its first three contests. The Titans have outscored their opponents, 29-5, during their last five games to establish their longest winning streak since the middle of the 2015 season.

In Friday's game, UW-Oshkosh scored three times in the top half of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead.

Jack Paulson, who has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, led off the contest with a single to left field and advanced to second base on a single to right field by Zack Radde. Following a passed ball and groundout by Logan Reckert, Johnny Eagan doubled to center field to score both Paulson and Radde. A pitch then hit Tyler Kozlowski before Brahier singled to left field to score Eagan. The Titans ended the inning with runners on first and third bases.

The Titans got two more runs in the third inning as Brahier drove in Reckert and Kozlowski with a single to right field. Reckert led off the inning with a single to center field before Kozlowski singled to right field and advanced to second base on an outfield error.

Brahier then put UW-Oshkosh ahead, 6-0, with a two-out double to left field in the fifth inning. Brahier scored Reckert, who left off the inning with a single.

Union College (2-5) avoided the shutout when Anthony Amoroso hit a one-out single to score Zack Twitchell in the eighth inning.

UW-Oshkosh totaled 12 hits, including the three by Brahier and two each by Eagan, Paulson and Reckert.

Union College, which didn't have a runner reach second base during the game's first seven innings, compiled seven hits. The Dutchmen were led by the three hits from Matt Catalfo.

UW-Oshkosh starter Brendan Meissner (1-1) allowed six hits and one earned run in 7.1 innings of work. The first-year transfer from NCAA Division I University of Illinois struck out five batters and walked one. Reliever Scott Gursuch gave up one hit and struck out two batters in 1.2 innings.

Jake Vesling (1-1) started on the mound for the Dutchmen and gave up eight hits and five runs in four innings. Ryan Kuchar allowed four hits and one run in four innings, while Jordan Whaley hurled a hitless ninth frame.

UW-Oshkosh will play host Benedictine University on Wednesday (March 29) in Lisle, Ill.

Photo by Jennifer Zuberbier