APPLETON, Wis. – The Cougars managed only two runs combined in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, but were still able to split the twin bill at Fox Cities Stadium.
The first game featured a surplus of offense from the Timber Rattlers as they won 11-1, while the second game had no scoring until the ninth inning. The Cougars (29-16) shut out Wisconsin for a 1-0 win.
Juan Paniagua struggled in the first game as the Timber Rattlers scored three runs on the Cougars’ starter in the first three innings. Gerardo Concepcion began the fourth and couldn’t escape it as Wisconsin plated five earned runs on the lefty to create an 8-1 Timber Rattlers lead. Wisconsin poured on three more runs in the sixth with a walk followed by three consecutive hits to make it 11-1.
The Cougars' lone run came in the fourth inning when Jacob Rogers grounded out to score Ben Carhart.
Andy Moye (1-0) picked up the win with five and one-third innings of one-run baseball. Paniagua (0-3) suffered the loss.
The second game was a completely different story. Justin Amlung allowed a single in the first inning, but went on to retire the next 12 Timber Rattlers that came to the plate. Barrett Astin struck out seven Cougars in his seven frames. Both starting pitchers kept the game scoreless for the originally scheduled seven innings.
Both bullpens took over in the eighth inning and the Cougars threatened with two outs. Brockmeyer connected on a single and moved to second base, but Daniel Lockhart flied out to end the inning. The ninth inning a similar situation happened when Penalver reached on a two-out walk and stole second base, but this time the Cougars cashed in. Carhart singled up the middle to score Penalver for the only run needed.
James Pugliese (2-0) finished his second consecutive perfect inning to complete the Cougars’ victory. Mark Williams (0-2) suffered the loss.
The series concludes today from Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Duane Underwood (0-1, 2.92 ERA) will take the mound for the Cougars against the Timber Rattlers’ Victor Diaz (1-1, 3.77).