Faced with the daunting task of having to win three games in a row against ranked teams to ensure its season continues, UW-L could only win two.
"Sad to see it end like that, but this weekend was the most fun we've had playing baseball all year," senior first baseman Brett Jacobson said. "If we had to go out, that was a good way to go out. Fighting like that to the very end."
Having lost one game Saturday, any loss Sunday would mean the Eagles' season comes to an end. In its first game, UW-La Crosse beat No. 3 UW-Whitewater for the second time in 24 hours, 12-2, eliminating the Warhawks.
In its next game, the Eagles took care of business against No. 19 Stevens Point, who won four games in La Crosse last weekend and beat UW-L Saturday. An Adam Cordova base hit in the 7th inning scored Cole Cefalu, putting the Eagles up 2-0. La Crosse held on to win 2-1.
As the only two teams remaining without a second loss, UW-L and UW-Stevens Point played again 45 minutes later. This time, however, the Pointers won 6-5, as La Crosse couldn't overcome a 6-0 deficit.
"It's an emotional roller coaster," Head Coach Chris Schwarz said. "I'm so proud of the players for the way they played this weekend. The season was up and down, but in the end, they had fun playing baseball, and they played hard."
The Eagles finished the season 21-21.
"The potential for our team was always there. We were ranked 15th in the nation at the beginning of the season for a reason and we just didn't play up to our potential," Cordova said. "We happened to play to our potential this weekend and it showed."