The UW-Oshkosh baseball team pounded out a season-high 16 hits and scored in all but two innings on the way to a 14-2 victory at Ripon College on Tuesday (April 11).
UW-Oshkosh (11-10) has won its past three meetings with Ripon College by a combined 35-4 score. Last season the Titans defeated the Red Hawks by scores of 13-1 and 8-1.
UW-Oshkosh scored four runs in the fourth inning, three runs in the third and twice in both the fifth and seventh frames. The Titans also tallied single runs in each of the first, second and ninth innings.
Ripon College (5-17) had nine hits, but five Red Hawk errors led to five unearned runs over the first five innings.
UW-Oshkosh starting pitcher Chris Atwood (1-1) was credited with the win after allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in two innings of activity.
Schwenn opened the game with a single off Ripon College starting pitcher Garrett Kaczrowski. Schwenn advanced to second base on a passed ball, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eagan.
Ripon College answered with a run in the home half of the first inning as Michael Barnes doubled and scored on a two-out single by Hector Aguinaga.
UW-Oshkosh reclaimed the lead for good in the second inning on Neal Ori's sacrifice fly before tacking on three runs on three hits in the third frame as Brahier's hit scored Schwenn, and Paulson delivered a two-out, two run single.
The Titans' four-run fourth inning was highlighted by run-scoring doubles from Eagan and Radde. UW-Oshkosh then extended its lead to 11-1 in the fifth inning following run-scoring singles by Eagan and Logan Reckert, who concluded the contest with two hits apiece.
The Red Hawks trimmed their deficit to 11-2 on Isiah Ramos' sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, but UW-Oshkosh relievers Turnquist, Homan and Goetz combined to hold Ripon College to just three singles for the remainder of the contest.
UW-Oshkosh, which had at least one baserunner in each inning, added a pair of insurance run in the seventh frame on a Tyler Kozlowski sacrifice fly and a Radde single. The Titans capped the scoring when Paulson's single plated Noah Polcyn with two outs in the ninth inning.
David La Tour went 3-for-4 with one double to lead Ripon College while Robbie Schuettpelz added a pair of hits for the Red Hawks.
Kaczrowski (0-2) was charged with the loss for the Red Hawks, surrendering nine runs (five earned) on six hits in 3.1 innings pitched. He walked two and struck out two.
UW-Oshkosh conducts its home opener with a doubleheader against UW-La Crosse on Thursday (April 13) at Tiedemann Field.
Photo by Jennifer Zuberbier