LA CROSSE, Wis. – With their final home series on the schedule this weekend, the Viterbo University baseball team was hoping to leave the fans a few victories. The V-Hawks did just that as they earned a Thursday sweep over Waldorf University 15-11 and 4-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The first four innings went in game one, no one in the stands would have expected a final score slugfest of 15-11.
-Tied 2-2, the V-Hawks rattled off six runs in back-to-back frames, capitalizing on eight hits and two Waldorf errors.
-John Costello (JR/Camp Douglas, Wis.) worked a strong six innings, scattering just three hits and allowing two earned runs.
-Up 14-4, the Viterbo bullpen was a little shaky, surrendering seven runs, but Austin Stibbe (FR/Minneapolis, Minn.) closed the ninth to earn his second save of the year.
-In game two, Viterbo struck early, giving Max Verdegan (FR/Cameron, Wis.) a three-run cushion.
-The sophomore was solid over five innings of work, striking out a pair and allowing four hits and two earned runs.
-After two batters reached in the sixth, Stibbe entered in an attempt to earn the four out save.
-The freshman got his first batter to fly out to end the sixth and worked around a leadoff single in the seventh as he collected his second of the day and third save of the year.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-D.J. Wilson had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 in game one with a home run. The freshman drove in four as he was just a triple shy of the cycle.
-Ethan Bell (SR/Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied three hits on the day including a solo home run in the sixth inning of game one.
-In total, six different V-Hawks recorded multiple hits in the sweep.
-Stibbe worked a clean 2.1 innings, picking up a pair of saves, while Costello and Verdegan each earned their second wins of the year on the mound.
-Mitch Keeran drove in three runs in game one for Waldorf while Riley McDonald finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks.
UP NEXT FOR VITERBO
The V-Hawks will close the four-game series with Waldorf University on Saturday, hosting the Warriors at 12:00 p.m. Live stats can be found on www.viterboathletics.com.