Mallards extend division lead with 4-1 win over Rafters

The Madison Mallards(15-6) defeated the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-1 on Monday night at WitterField with strong pitching and a consistent offense. The Mallards scattered eight hits offensively and drew 10 walks as a team.

The Mallards got on the board in the second inning when Ben Anderson (Georgia) plated Drew Williams (San Jose State) to open a 1-0 lead. In the third, Williams bounced into a fielder’s choice to score a second run and give the Mallards a 2-0 cushion.

After four quiet innings, the Mallards tacked on another pair of runs in the eighth, starting with Justin Wiley (UAB) scoringon an error. Later in the frame, Timo Schau (Southern Wesleyan) hit an RBI single to secure a 4-0 lead.

The Rafters scored their lone run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Jake Dunham (NIU).

Lowell Schipper (Richmond) dominated on the mound for the Mallards and earned his second win of the season, picking up a season-high eight strikeouts in five innings pitched. Jack Sinclair (UCF) was given the loss for the Rafters.

The Mallards finish a quick, two-game road swing with a trip to Wausau on Tuesday to face off against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. First pitch from Athletic Park is slated for 6:35 p.m.