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College Baseball: Ridgewater goes 4-0 over weekend

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

LACROSSE, Wis. -- The Ridgewater baseball team took all four games against Western Wisconsin Tech Saturday and Sunday.

The Warriors' starting pitchers completed all but one inning in the four games and the offense compiled 56 hits.

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Chris Braaten, Cody Connors and Ryan Speltz all pitched complete-game wins. Matt Christensen threw the first six innings of Sunday's 12-3 win in the second game, then Austen Hadley pitched the final inning.

"Austen hadn't had any mound time and we wanted to get him some work before Tuesday and Wednesday," said Ridgewater coach Joel Barta. "We were happy that we got complete games, but we need to get guys some work."

The Warriors (17-7) travel to Estherville, Iowa, Tuesday to face Iowa Lakes in a doubleheader, then host Central Lakes in a doubleheader Wednesday.

Luke Frauendienst and Shane Kampsen had nine hits apiece. Kelvin Nelson and Mike Weber recorded eight each. Kampsen hit a three-run home run Saturday.

"Our lineup is really deep and we've been fortunate to have a lot of success," Barta said. "There's not many outs in our lineup. Guys compete with every at-bat."

Braaten threw a one-hit shutout to start the weekend. He gave up a hit on his first pitch and then retired 11 straight batters in a 12-0 win.

Ryan Speltz opened Sunday's action giving up a hit in the first inning, then retired the remaining 16 batters in a 10-0, one-hit victory.

"Our pitchers can feel pretty comfortable on the mound knowing we will get that support," Barta said.

Sunday's Games

Ridgewater 10, W. Wisconsin 0

Benji Hager and Weber had three hits each. Speltz struck out five without a walk and the Warriors' defense didn't commit an error.

Ridgewater 030 052 -- 10 14 0

W. Wisconsin 000 000 -- 0 1 0

HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 2-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Austen Hadley 1-for-3, 2b; Shane Kampsen 1-for-4, 3b; Matt Christensen 1-for-2, 2 runs, rbi; Benji Hager 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2b, 3b; Clint Aretz 1-for-3, rbi; Kelvin Nelson 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Mike Weber 3-for-4, 2 rbi ... Western Wisconsin: Kozelka 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Ryan Speltz (W) 6-1-0-0-0-5 ... Western Wisconsin: Tweten (L) 6-14-10-10-5-1

Ridgewater 12, W. Wisconsin 3

Clint Aretz went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer. Frauendienst, Kampsen and Nelson slugged three hits each.

Ridgwatr (17-7) 221 303 1 -- 12 19 1

W. Wisconsin 010 020 0 -- 3 7 3

HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2b; Austen Hadley 1-for-4, 2 runs; Shane Kampsen 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Matt Christensen 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2b; Benji Hager 1-for-4, 2 runs; Clint Aretz 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Kelvin Nelson 3-for-5, rbi; Mike Weber 3-for-4 ... Western Wisconsin: Youngblut 2-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Matt Christensen (W) 6-7-3-3-2-2; Austen Hadley 1-0-0-0-0-3 ... Western Wisconsin: Michael R (L) 6-18-11-10-4-2; Seidel 1-1-1-1-2-1

Saturday's Games

Ridgewater 12, Western Wisconsin 0

Kampsen hit a 3-run HR in second inning. Frauendienst went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI.

Ridgewater 243 30 -- 12 12 2

W. Wisconsin 000 00 -- 0 1 1

HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 3-for-3, 4 runs, 3 rbi; Benji Hager 1-for-2; Shane Kampsen 2-for-3, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Kelvin Nelson 2-for-4, rbi; Clint Aretz 1-for-2, 2b; Mike Weber 1-for-3; Cameron Lehner 2-for-3, 3b, rib ... Western Wisconsin: Mike Fitzgerald 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Chris Braaten (W) 5-1-0-0-1-2 ... Western Wisconsin: David Youngblut (L) 5-12-12-11-6-3

Ridgewater 6, Western Wisconsin 1

Kampsen hit a two-run double in fifth inning and Hadley added an RBI single to give Ridgewater a 6-1 lead.

Connors allowed five hits, struck out six and didn't allow a walk to earn the win.

Ridgewater 002 040 0 -- 6 11 0

W. Wisconsin 010 000 0 -- 1 5 0

HITTING - Ridgewater: Luke Frauendienst 1-for-2, 2 runs; Austen Hadley 3-for-4, 2b, 3b, 2 rbi; Shane Kampsen 3-for-4, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Matt Christensen 1-for-4, 3b, rbi; Kelvin Nelson 1-for-2; Mike Weber 1-for-3; Cameron Lehner 1-for-3 ... Western Wisconsin: David Conwith 2-for-3; Ricky Levandowski 1-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ridgewater: Cody Connors (W) 7-5-1-1-0-6 ... Western Wisconsin: Fitz (L) 7-11-6-6-1-5

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