UW-Stout swept UW-Oshkosh for the first time in five years on Saturday as they fight for the final WIAC tournament spot. Out east it was Ithaca wrapping up the regular season Empire 8 title and will host the end of the season tournament.
What a difference a day makes - and a change in location. A day after getting swept by UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stout turned the tables by sweeping the Titans, 10-3, 6-1, Saturday at Tiedemann Field. A day earlier, the teams met at the Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston and Oshkosh took a 5-4 come-from-behind win in the first game and a seven inning 12-2 win. Stout has not swept a single day doubleheader over the Titans since April 17, 2014, with 10-0, 6-2 wins. The Blue Devils have not swept the Titans in Oshkosh since May 5, 2006, winning 15-9, 16-5.
UW-Stout's Brad Rindfleisch threw nine hit less innings from the sixth to the fourteenth inning but it was UW-La Crosse with a single run in the 17th inning who took a 3-2 win back to the barn. The Eagles prevailed in a rain-shortened five inning affair 8-3.
Ben Kincaid, who has been the assistant coach with the Blue Devils for the last two years, will take over as head coach, UW-Stout officials announced today. Former head coach Toby Gardenhire will join the Minnesota Twins' minor league system as a coach.
Bethel and UW-Stout split a doubleheader played outside in St. Paul on Monday in a season fraught with cancellations. Kean played a makeup game and Roanoke got on the field after a month long layover as well.
Two milestones were set in the Hamline-Stout doubleheader on Monday night. Hamline head coach Jason Verdugo earned his 200th career victory in the first game and Wisc.-Stout rookie head coach Toby Gardenhire earned his first in the night cap.