Providence overpowers Preston, 11-1
PROVIDENCE -- It took a couple of innings for the Wolverine offense to get going Tuesday night, but once it did, the Preston Aggies couldn't stop it.
With each player recording at least one hit off Preston's Kenny Albrechtsen, the Wolverines cruised to an 11-1 victory, at Max L. Johnson Memorial Field.
Providence banged out 16 hits in all, with Derek Waddoups leading the way with a 3-for-3 performance, including a three-run homer that began the game's scoring.
"They're a bunch of good hitters," Albrechtsen said. "They're a good team."
Tallying the win for the Wolverines was Ryan Reisbeck, who went the distance (six innings), giving up an unearned run on six hits, while striking out nine and walking four.
"We had real good pitching tonight," Waddoups said.
Providence outfielder Nate Weese agreed.
"(Reisbeck's) really tough," Weese said. "He's really good."
Just how good was the right-handed hurler against Preston, though?
"He got a lot of groundball (outs tonight). His curve ball has real sharp break on it," said Weese, who plays first base for the University of Utah during the school year. "Not a lot of guys in Division I can pitch like that."
Reisbeck's performance came just at the right time for the Wolverines, who dropped their last game out, 8-7, at Preston on June 8.
The Aggies had built an 8-1 lead going into the first half of the final inning, but saw Providence nearly come all the way back.
"We came back and thought we were going to win it," Weese said, "but came up short in the seventh."
There would be no need for a comeback this time, though, as Providence jumped on top first and never looked back.
Waddoups' three-run dinger in the bottom of the third got the ball rolling for the Wolverines as he took a high fastball on the outside part of the plate and went the other way with it.
"(I) got the bat head to it good (and) hit it good," the right-handed slugger said.
Preston cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth thanks in part to a two-out rally.
Aggie shortstop Kamaron Hampton reached safely on a walk by Reisbeck after the first two batters were retired on a double play. The No. 8 batter, Toby Chadwick, singled to left and Hampton was able to score as the Wolverines' second baseman committed an error on a ball hit by Jeff Poulton. Providence got that run back in the bottom of the fifth after three straight singles by Brandon Beissinger, Waddoups and Scott Budge, with two outs in the inning.
Then in the last half of the sixth, the Wolverines slammed the door on the Aggies for good as Albrechtsen began the inning by walking his first batter of the game, which opened the flood gates.
Five consecutive hits from Providence, including two doubles (Weese and Beissinger) and a homer (Jason Crawford), plated six runs.
"I did all right for a few innings," Albrechtsen said, "then ran out of gas."
The loss didn't seem to bother the Aggies that much though, despite seeing their record drop to 3-4 in Northern Utah League play.
"Nobody's hanging their heads," Albrechtsen said. "We were a little bit shorthanded tonight. Everybody loses sometimes, but we're excited to get back out and play."