PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer baseball team was able to take the 13th ranked Lions of The College of New Jersey to extra innings on the road in the third game of their Florida trip on March 15, but fell in the 11th inning 8-7. Caleb Kaufmann started for the Pioneers, and Max Guidice started for the Lions.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the third inning when Christopher singled and scored Jim Pavlik to move the score to 4-2. In the fourth, Kyle Reinhart singled to score Josh Moses, giving the Pioneers a 5-2 lead. Curtis Barsness grounded out later in the inning scoring Reinhart to make the score 6-2.
The Lions were able to cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly from Mike Follet to score Zachary Schindler. Later in the inning Tommy McCarthy singled to center field to score CJ Gearhart, cutting the lead to 6-4.
The Pioneers picked up a run in the top of the 5th when Christopher scored, and gave the Pioneers a 7-4 lead. The Lions responded in the 7th when Persichetti singled to score Ben Varone and Jacob Simon, cutting the lead to 7-6.
TCNJ tied the game in the bottom of the 9th when Shindler singled to score Jacob Simon to send the game to extras.
Shindler came up with the big hit again in the bottom of the 11th inning, hitting a walk off single and scoring Varone. The victory moved the Lions to 5-1 on the season, and the Pioneers to 3-3.
The Pioneers play again March 16 against the University of Minnesota-Morris Cougars. The cougars are 0-7 on the season.