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UWSP Freshman belts winning home run in 10th at D3 World Series Friday

UWSP's Bryton Guckenberg after winning home run Friday
UW Stevens Point Baseball after game one win Friday at College World Series in Appleton.  Photo from Nick Brilowski via Twitter.
UWSP's Bryton Guckenberg after winning home run Friday

APPLETON, WI . (UWSP) – Bryton Guckenberg (Trego, MT/Lincoln County) belted a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the UW-Stevens Point baseball team a 6-5 win over Manchester University (Ind.) in the opening game of the Division III World Series Friday evening.

Box Score

The Pointers trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, but Sean Gerber (Stoughton, WI/Stoughton) led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch and Jimmy Coady (La Crosse, WI/Aquinas) put UWSP on the board with an RBI triple.

Casey Barnes (Mequon, WI/Homestead) followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-2, Riley Spetz (Sevastopol, WI/Sevastopol) doubled to advance Barnes to third, and Guckenberg grounded out allowing Barnes to score.Tyler Flood (Madison, WI/La Follette) held the Spartans scoreless in the ninth inning, and Dan Douglas (East Troy, WI/East Troy)led off the home half of the ninth with a walk and scored on a triple by Gerber.

Coady then hit a fly ball to centerfield as Gerber tagged up and beat the throw to the plate, tying the game 5-5.Flood worked out of a bases loaded jam in the 10th inning, and Guckenberg drilled a 3-1 offering with two outs over the left field wall to give UWSP the win.

The Pointers will play either Kean University or Webster University on Saturday, May 25 at 7:45 p.m.  

The NCAA web site has brackets and a live webcast available, along with other information.