EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- After another late comeback, the Honkers (L, 5-15) were unable to complete it coming up one run short in a 6-5 loss to the Eau Claire Express (W, 13-8).

Isaac Friesen was unable to replicate past success, giving up five runs in six innings, starting with one in the first once again. Friesen gave up another run in the third but let the game get out of hand in the sixth giving up three runs on an Erick Migueles home run to make the score 5-1.

After getting down 6-1, the Honkers began a big comeback in the eighth once again. After a Chase Lambert fly out to center, Mark Contreras hit a solo shot, his third of the year, to bring the score to 6-2.

Newcomer Drew Ellis, in his first start after a long run in the NCAA Tournament at Louisville, singled for his first hit of the year. Jackson Thoreson was hit by a pitch to bring up Alex Fitchett who walked on five pitches. Jacob Thomas was hit by a pitch too to drive in Ellis making it 6-3. During Keaton Weisz at-bat, Express reliever Chase Beal threw a wild pitch to allow Thoreson to score, Weisz then singled sending Thomas home to make it 6-5.

The Honkers were unable to complete the comeback in the ninth as

Quick Hits

  • Honkers continued to get great hitting from Mark Contreras who went 2-4 with an aforementioned home run and a walk.
  • Turner Buis also continued playing well going 2-4 to continue hitting well with an average of .421
  • Alex Fagalde also had a good outing once again throwing two scoreless innings striking out five batters.
  • Chase Lambert in his second game of the season went 2-4 with a run scored and a walk.

Honkers play again tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 as they look to grab a victory at home versus Eau Claire.