MADISON (Woodchucks-WSAU) The Wisconsin Woodchucks used six runs in the first two innings to defeat the Madison Mallards 8-5 and win their fifth consecutive game.
The Woodchucks were able to chase left-handed starter Kevin Duchene from the game with a pair of three-run innings to start the game. Duchene, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, allowed three runs to cross in the first, although only one was earned after two Madison errors. Jake Peter doubled to bring home Cody Semler after his lead-off walk, and Henry Weiler knocked a two-run single up the middle to score Peter and Madison Carter, giving the ‘Chucks a 3-0 lead.
Peter would come through again in the second, this time with an RBI-single that scored Semler again. Peter would also score on a double by Ryan Rippee, the final batter Duchene would face, giving the Woodchucks a 6-0 lead. Duchene finished with 1.2 innings pitched, six runs (four earned) in receiving the loss.
Also on Friday night, Battle Creek defeated Wisconsin Rapids, 11-9.
Woodchuck starter Anthony Davis was effective in his second start for the club. The left-hander pitched four innings, allowing only one run on a solo shot to left by Mitche Elliot. Davis would exit with his team leading 6-1.
The Mallards bullpen would restrict the Woodchucks offense, keeping them off the board from the second all the way to the eighth inning. In the eighth, a two-run double by Tyler Stieb would bring home Jordan Devencinzi and Joey Rodriguez to give the ‘Chucks an 8-1 lead.
The Woodchucks pen also did its job in relief of Seth Davis. Dominic D’Souza and Austin Orewiler would pitch a combined three shutout innings. D’Souza would receive the win, his first of the season.
The Mallards would make a comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth. After a Tate Matheny three-run home run made it 8-4, the Mallards would eventually bring the tying run to the plate. Ryan Zweck would then get Geonte Jackson to pop out to short to end it, giving the Woodchucks an 8-5 victory.
The Woodchucks will head to Battle Creek tomorrow to take on the Bombers. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 CT on Fox Sports AM-1390 FM-93.9.