Warhawks off and running in NCAA tournaments
GRAND CHUTE—UW-Whitewater scored three runs in each of the first two innings en route to an 8-1 victory over Southern Maine in the NCAA Division III baseball championship Friday night.
UW-Whitewater (41-7) advances to play SUNY-Cortland, a 5-4 winner over Salisbury, at 7:45 p.m. today. The Warhawks are 16-1 over their last 17 games.
Nick Kuhlmann led off the game by reaching on an error. Dylan Friend singled and both runners scored on Mikole Pierce's triple to right center.
Delavan-Darien High graduate Michael Gonzalez singled up the middle to put the Warhawks up 3-0.
Pierce delivered again in the second inning. His double down the left-field line scored two runs. He went to third on a Gonzalez single and scored on a groundout to short off the bat of Jared Fon.
Friend gave UW-W a 7-0 lead with a one-out, bases loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Gonzalez drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center in the eighth.
UW-W righty Scott Plaza struck out five while pitching seven innings. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced.
Beloit Memorial High graduate Colin Grove pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Austin Jones finished up.
The Warhawks totaled 13 hits in the game with Pierce, Friend, Gonzalez and Trey Cannon each getting two.
The win was Warhawks coach John Vodenlich's 399th. His next win will make him just the second coach in school history and fifth in conference history to eclipse the 400-win mark.
Softball team loses
UW-Whitewater will have to battle through the losers' bracket if the Warhawks are to win the NCAA Division III softball title.
The Warhawks fell to Salisbury 5-0 on Friday at the University of Texas at Tyler.
Whitewater plays East Texas Baptist University at 6:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.
Salisbury pitcher Rachel Johnson struck out 10 to improve to 27-2.
“We knew she was a very good pitcher,” Warhawk coach Brenda Volk said. “We were hoping it was going to be a 1-0 game or something. I was very proud of the way we played.”
Mimi Ramirez and Laura Eichenold led the Warhawk offense with two hits apiece. Kelynn Sporer fell to 18-6.
East Texas Baptist eliminated Trine on Friday.
SALISBURY 5, WHITEWATER 0
Whitewater 000 000 0—0 5 0
Salisbury 104 000 x—5 6 0
Sporer, Houda (3) and Schobert; Johnson and Hoey.
Leading hitters—Ramirez (W) 2x3, Eichevold (W) 2x3, Knussman (S) 2x2, Hoey (W) 2x3. 2B—Ramirez (W), Dorsey(S), Knussman (S) 2. HR—Hoey (S).
WP—Johnson (27-2). LP—Sporer (18-6)