The Austin Packers baseball team played host to I-90 rival Albert Lea in a Big 9 matchup at Dick Seltz Field Tuesday, and a three-run top of the 4th, plus a strong pitching performance from Blake Ulve helped the Tigers to a 5-2 win.
Ulve pitched a complete game for Albert Lea and earned the win by giving up the two Austin runs on only two hits, striking out six and walking four. The Tigers led 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings when Teyghan Hovland picked up one of the two Packer hits in the game, an RBI triple to cut the lead to 2-1, and the then scored on an RBI groundout to tie the game at two. Centerfielder Bryce Fischer had the only other hit for Austin as he went 1 for 2 in the game with a walk.
Brayden Bishop pitched the first four innings for the Packers and was tagged for the loss as he gave up the five Albert Lea runs, all earned on six hits, striking out five and walking three. Lefthander Nic Robertson, who started the game at first base pitched the last three innings and gave up no runs on one hit, plus he struck out four batters.
With the loss, Austin now sits at 2-6 on the season, and the Packers return to action on Thursday in Winona against the Winhawks, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m.