Top-ranked Whitewater fends off Stevens Point rally in opener
Versnik thwarted the Pointers’ eighth-inning rally to save t o p - ranked Whitewater’s 7-5 victory in Game 1, but the 27th-ranked Pointers romped to a 12-1 victory in the nightcap, raking Whitewater pitching for 16 hits.
The split leaves Whitewater (26-3, 14-2) with a twogame lead on Point (21-8, 10-4) in the WIAC race with eight games remaining.
Whitewater’s Jeff Donovan ripped a solo home run in the first inning, and the Warhawks rolled to a 6-1 lead after seven innings in the opener.
The Pointers bounced back in the eighth, scoring four runs on five hits to cut Whitewater’s lead to 6-5.
With Point runners at first and second and one out, Versnik replaced Kyle Lee, who failed to record an out in relief of starter Riley Tincher (9-0).
Tincher allowed four runs on eight hits through 7 1/3 innings for the victory.
Versnik notched a strikeout and coaxed a ground-ball out to get Whitewater out of the inning.
After surrendering a leadoff walk in the ninth, the Warhawks turned a double play and Versnik recorded a strikeout after allowing a single to earn his sixth save of the season.
In Game 2, the Pointers ripped Warhawks’ starter Jason Hooper (4-3) for six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Point reached Whitewater reliever Andrew Bauer for four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings to take an 10-0 lead in seventh inning.
The Warhawks will host the Pointers in a doubleheader today at noon.