The Ripon College baseball team received a chance to test itself against one of the best teams in the nation Tuesday during its annual spring break trip to Florida.
It found out that it still has a lot of room for improvement.
The Red Hawks dropped a pair of games to No. 2-ranked University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 18-0 and 15-5. Both games ended after seven innings due to the mercy rule.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Ripon (1-5 overall) never really had a chance as the Eagles (4-2 overall) scored 12 runs on eight hits and four errors in the first inning to take a 12-0 lead.
UW-La Crosse, which made it to the final of last year’s World Series, added two runs in the second, one in the fifth and three in the sixth for the 18-0 final.
The Eagles also jumped out to an early lead in game two as they led 7-1 after 3 1/2 innings.
But unlike the first contest, the Red Hawks fought back.
They trimmed the deficit to 9-5 after five innings, behind in large part to a three-run fifth inning, but could not get any closer as UW-La Crosse scored the final six runs.
The twin bill against the Eagles is not the only tough competition Ripon has had so far during its time in Florida.
Read the full story, which includes information on the rest of the Red Hawks' games, in the March 17, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.