Titans earn series split with UWW

Michael Johrendt

Currently enduring a tough stretch of the season, the UW Oshkosh men’s baseball team had a recent six-game stretch against UW-Stevens Point and Whitewater and came away with two wins. On Wednesday, the Titans went up against UW-Whitewater in a double-header and won the first game. Scores of 10-6 and 4-5 were the scores of their Wednesday games. The Titans now have a record of 11-13. Senior outfielder Luke Gajewski had 2 extra-base hits and an RBI, and freshman outfielder John Eagan had a double and an RBI. The Titans faced the Pointers this past weekend spanning four games. Despite scoring a total of 20 runs, they only secured a win in their last game on Sunday. Losses of 8-5, 11-6 and 2-1 along with a 9-8 victory comprised the Titans’ weekend against Stevens Point. “In baseball, you have to have a short memory,” sophomore infielder Tyler Kozlowski said. “If you have a bad at-bat or make an error, you cannot let that impact you. In order to be successful, you have to focus on the next pitch, not on the last pitch, inning, or game. This goes both ways. If you play well in the first game of a doubleheader, it doesn’t mean the second game will be the same way. In this conference, you have to be focused from the first pitch to the last.” The first two games consisted of offensive breakouts for both squads. The Titans tallied 5 and 6 runs, challenging the Pointers’ pitching staff. Kozlowski homered for the second time this season for one of his 3 hits, and junior outfielder Robbie Kleman had 2 hits. “The season has been a roller coaster so far,” junior infielder Trey Demler said. “We started out the year 0-4, then won eight in a row, and now we’re sitting at 2-8 in conference. It depends if you want to look at the glass half full or half empty.” The Titans have had many close games this season, but Demler said that coming close in games is not acceptable. “We’ve been in just about every conference game we’ve played, we outplayed our opponents in a lot of those games and we put ourselves in a position to win some,” Demler said. “The fact is, just being close to winning clearly isn’t good enough and it doesn’t make losing any easier.” However, Demler added that the team has made some good strides towards improving as a team. “I was really proud of this team when we beat Stevens Point in the fourth game of the series,” Demler said. “We got out to a 5-0 deficit in game number four, but we stayed hungry and battled back to avoid the sweep. It’s disappointing to lose three of four but that win is something positive we need to build from.” The Titans have 12 conference scenes left in the year, with a four-game set against UW-Superior up next for Oshkosh.