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Yellowjackets report: Walk-off homers punctuate UWS sweeps

UWS baseball finally played a home game, 16 days after its original opener.

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SUPERIOR — Fans were treated to a pair of fantastic finales at NBC Spartan Sports Complex, as Wisconsin-Superior swept Upper Midwest Athletic Conference softball and baseball doubleheaders against Bethany Lutheran, winning both Game 2's on walk-off home runs.

The UWS softball team's game-winner was even grander, as Zoe Thomson hit a grand slam to cap a 5-1 Game 2 win after the Yellowjackets took Game 1 by a 4-1 score.

The second game was scoreless through five innings and remained deadlocked after matching RBI singles in the sixth inning by the Vikings' Kaija Mork and the Yellowjackets' Tiffany Kirk.

UWS couldn't get a runner from third in with two outs in the seventh, but after evading a leadoff double for Bethany in the top of the eighth, UWS loaded the bases on a leadoff triple from Kaela Kraemer, followed by two walks, before Thomson homered to the left-field power alley to win the game.

Kirk and Kraemer led UWS's offense with two hits apiece. Tayler Kraemer was the winning pitcher in relief, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings after Allison Luoma allowed just one hit and three walks in 5 1/3.

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In game one, Tayler Kraemer went the distance, allowing one unearned run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Kaela Kraemer staked her to a lead with a second-inning sacrifice fly, and UWS tacked on three more in the fifth, including an Ellie Macal RBI double.

Kaela Kraemer and Kirk had two more hits.

UWS (15-5, 4-0 UMAC) hosts Finlandia for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday.

BASEBALL

UWS wins games on shutout, walk-off

Bryce Flanagan's two-run walk-off home run put a star on Wisconsin-Superior baseball's long-awaited home opener on Saturday, April 9, as the Yellowjackets defeated Bethany Lutheran 7-0 and 4-2 at NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

The Vikings scratched out single runs on RBI groundouts to tie the game at 1 in the seventh inning and at 2 in the eighth, but Flanagan ended the game by going deep to left on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Nick Fredrikson was 3-for-4 with a triple for UWS, whose original home opener was scheduled for March 24. Flanagan's homer was his second hit of the game and Christian Garcia had a solo shot in the seventh.

Matt Tappe pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.

In game one, UWS scored five runs in the first inning and rode a complete-game three-hitter from Ryan Rodriguez. With a run already in, Jordan Trimble knocked in two runs in the bottom of the first, advanced to second as Garcia scored on a Sam McNosky RBI single and scored on an error. Garcia added an RBI double and McNosky a sacrifice fly in the third inning to complete the scoring.

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Meanwhile, Rodriguez didn't allow a Bethany runner past second base, finishing with 11 strikeouts and no walks to complete his outing in exactly 100 pitches.

McNosky was 3-for-3, while Trimble had a pair of hits.

UWS (7-13, 3-2 UMAC) and Bethany Lutheran meet for one more game on Sunday.

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