May 3, 2012 at 9:22 am
FAYETTE, IA (SCSU) – Behind solid pitching from the senior staff, the nationally ranked St. Cloud State University baseball team swept Upper Iowa University 9-1 and 10-5 Wednesday afternoon in the final Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season road-series of 2012.
The Huskies (38-10, 22-6 NSIC) have now won 13 in a row after taking the double dip, while the Peacocks drop to 19-27 overall and 15-16 in the NSIC.
Coming off a no-hitter, senior Logan Birr (St. Cloud) had another solid outing on the hill for the Huskies, as he put together a one-run five-hitter and tied a school record with his ninth win of the season.
Birr is now a perfect 9-0 this season in 10 starts and has allowed just one run in his last 14 innings pitched. He also owns the school record with 30 career wins and 40 starts.
Birr also became St. Cloud State’s all-time leader in strikeouts Wednesday, passing former Husky David Deminsky’s career record of 250 with his first of six strikeouts on the day. He now has 256 in his career.
The Peacocks got on the board first with a run in the first inning off Birr but that’s about all UIU could do, as they did not put up another run until fourth inning of game two.
Offensively, sophomore Garrett Fischer (New Ulm) went off on the Peacock pitchers in a 4-for-4 game that included a RBI and four runs scored to lead the Huskies in game one, while freshman Mike Jurgella (Plover, Wis.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Fischer also had a double, a stolen base and reached on a hit-by-pitch in the game.
In game two, senior Austan Bosch (Butte, Mont.) grinded out a win to complete the doubleheader sweep over Upper Iowa.
He allowed five runs on 12 hits in 7.1 innings of work, while striking out two batters to improve his record to a perfect 3-0 in three starts this season.
Senior Parker Moorman (Mason City, Iowa) relieved Bosch and got out of an eighth inning jam and shutdown the Peacocks in the ninth.
The Huskies offense was very efficient with all 10 runs scored on nine hits in the game.
With the Huskies up 5-2 in the seventh inning, Jurgella kept things rolling offensively with a two-out three-run home run to put some cushion between the Huskies and Peacocks.
Jurgella finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, while junior Travis Cariveau (Sauk Rapids) went 2-for-3 with a two run home run in the third inning to go with a run scored and a pair of walks.
Junior Phil Imholte (St. Cloud) was the third Husky to post a round-tripper as he hit a solo shot in the eighth inning and finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.
The Huskies will now play in the final regular season NSIC series of the season when they host Augustana College at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Faber Field before ending the regular season at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings are right on St. Cloud State’s heals in third place with a 22-8 record in NSIC play heading into the weekend. Minnesota State University Mankato is atop the NSIC standings with a 24-4 conference record.
(Courtesy of SCSU Athletics)
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