After a hot start the bats went cold for the Eau Claire Express on Sunday in an 8-4 road loss to the Waterloo Bucks in Northwoods League action.

The Express scored three runs in the first to chase Bucks starter Connor Dillman. The big hit was an RBI double by Drew Turbin, who added a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 4-0. The Express had just four baserunners the rest of the way.

Eau Claire starter Ian Doughty went five innings and gave up five runs — three earned — on six hits and struck out five. Miles Nablo allowed three earned runs on six hits in three innings.

Most of the damage came in the four-run fifth when Doughty gave up a two-run double to Luke Stratman, followed by a two-run triple to Kevin Kaczmarski.


BUCKS 8, EXPRESS 4

EAU CLAIRE (4)

AB-R-H-RBI: Brady Burzynski, cf, 3-2-0-0; Mike Porcaro, ss, 5-0-2-0; Drew Turbin, 2b, 3-1-2-2; Tyler Hermann, 3b, 3-1-0-0; L. Milligan, dh, 3-0-0-0; Brian Sicher, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Brent Gibbs, c, 4-0-1-1; Taylor Duree, lf, 3-0-1-0; Tyler Jones, ph/lf, 1-0-0-0; Justin Jaquish, rf, 3-0-0-0; Ian Doughty, p, 0-0-0-0; Miles Nablo, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 31-4-6-3.

WATERLOO (8)

Connor McClain, dh, 4-2-1-0; Luke Stratman, ss, 3-1-1-2; Kevin Kaczmarski, cf, 4-1-2-2; David Kerrian, 1b, 4-1-1-0; Steven Goldstein, rf, 4-0-1-0; Zach Soria, c, 4-1-2-0; Ryan Nagle, lf, 3-1-1-0; Patrick Fiala, 3b, 3-1-2-0; Jake Riffice, 2b, 3-0-1-2; Connor Dillman, p, 0-0-0-0; Nick Veale, p, 0-0-0-0; Logan Sherer, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 32-8-12-6.

Eau Claire 310 000 000 — 4 6 2

Waterloo 010 040 12x — 8 12 0

E — Turbin, Sicher. LOB — Eau Claire 7, Waterloo 5. 2B — Turbin; McClain, Stratman, Goldstein, Riffice. 3B — Kaczmarski. SB — Burzynski, Turbin; Kaczmarski, Goldstein. SAC — Turbin.

Eau Claire IP H R ER BB SO

Doughty, L 5 6 5 3 1 5

Nablo 3 6 3 3 0 0

Waterloo

Dillman 1 1 3 3 4 1

Veale, W 5 3 1 1 1 3

Sherer, S 3 2 0 0 0 3

WP — Doughty, Nablo.