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UW-Whitewater baseball team earns World Series berth

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Gazette Staff
May 17, 2008
— An incredible athletic year continued Saturday for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The men’s baseball team became the latest program to advance to the NCAA Division III national tournament.


The Warhawks pounded St. Scholastica College, 21-13 here at E.J. Schneider Field, to win the Midwest Regional title and advance to the World Series at Grand Chute. Whitewater (39-8) won the D3 title in 2005.


With the regional title, the baseball team became the fifth program at Whitewater this calendar year to qualify for its sports’ national tournament.


“We’re one of the last teams, besides softball and track and field, that can really do something,” Warhawk coach John Vodenlich said. “It’s like the ninth inning for our athletic department, and that makes it special.


In scoring more than 20 runs for the second time in the regional tournament, the Warhawks banged out 18 hits off of five St. Scholastica pitchers. Catcher Billy Johnson led the hit parade for Whitewater. Johnson was 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. First baseman Jeff Donovan was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI.


“We scored in every inning but one,” Vodenlich said. “When you do that in a baseball game, you really should win that. We had one bad inning, but other than that, we played really well.”


Whitewater jumped out to a 10-3 lead after four innings, but St. Scholastica tied the game at 10-10 with seven runs in the top of the fifth. The Warhawks responded with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to open up an 18-10 lead.


Donovan and Ben Kuhlmann homered for Whitewater, which beat St. Scholastica for the second time in the tournament.


Jason Hooper picked up the win in relief. Hooper allowed three runs before turning the ball over to Aaron Dott, who pitched two scoreless innings.


“I think the one thing that helped us was we played a lot of nine-inning doubleheaders,” Vodenlich said. “The longer the game goes, it is to our advantage. We have good depth and are use to playing nine-inning games. We tend to take advantage of pitchers late in the game.”


Vodenlich now hopes to duplicate the success his team had three seasons ago.


“The only difference from that team that won it was we were there the year before we won it, so we were familiar with the trip and how to go about our business,” Vodenlich said. “We have nine seniors on this team and just about all of them were on the 2005 team. They’re very familiar what it’s all about, but the rest of this team has never been to one of these.


“It was also special to win our seventh conference title in nine years,” Vodenlich said. “It’s been a very rewarding year.”


WHITEWATER 21, ST. SCHOLASTICA 13


St. Scholastica (ab-r-h-rbi)—Eller, cf, 4-3-1-0; Kraushaar, lf, 6-2-2-2; Claugherty, 1b, 6-1-2-0; Carlson, 2b, 5-1-1-2; Lewis, c, 5-1-3-1; Gerten, 3b, 4-1-1-0; Link, rf, 5-1-1-1; Wojtysiak, ss, 5-1-1-2’; Marshik, dh, 4-2-1-0; Fritz, p, 0-0-0-0; Gaub, p, 0-0-0-0; Hawkins, p, 0-0-0-0; Sartori, p, 0-0-0-0; Wendland, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 44-13-13-8.


Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Kohlmann, 2b, 6-2-1-2; Donovan, 1b, 4-4-3-3; Corcoran, rf, 6-1-2-1; Trepanier, ph, 1-0-0-0; Adamson, rf, 0-0-0-0; Zalnis, 3b, 5-2-3-2; Prather, lf, 4-2-2-1; Stine, cf, 5-3-2-0; Munn, ph-dh, 2-2-0-1; Johnson, c, 5-3-4-3; Kenseth, ss, 2-2-0-0; Schliewe, ph, 1-0-0-1; Petrasko, pr, 0-0-0-0; Harder, ss, 1-0-1-2; Reik, p, 0-0-0-0; Hooper, p, 0-0-0-0; Dott, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 42-21-18-16.


St. Scholastica 200 170 300—13


UW-Whitewater 233 235 03x—21


E—St. Scholastica 5, Whitewater 5. LOB—St. Scholastica 8, Whitewater 12. SAC—Munn. 2B—Lewis, Link, Wojtysiak, Donovan 2. HR—Kraushaar, Kuhlmann, Donovan.


IP H R ER BB SO


St. Scholastica


Fritz 1/3 3 2 2 1 0


Gaub 2 1/3 6 6 4 3 2


Hawkins 2 1/3 5 7 7 2 4


Sartori (L) 1 2 3 2 0 1


Wendland 2 2 3 3 2 0


Whitewater


Munn 3 1/3 6 3 2 0 3


Reik 1 1/3 4 7 0 1 1


Hooper (W) 2 3 3 2 2 1


Dott 2 1/3 0 0 0 0 4


NCAA Division III


OSHKOSH REGIONAL


At E.J. Schneider Field


Results Wednesday


Game 1—St. Thomas (Minn.) 15, Knox 1


Game 2—UW-Whitewater 7, St. Scholastica (Minn.) 4


Game 3—Carthage 6, UW-Oshkosh 3


Results Thursday


Game 4—St. Scholastica 15, Knox 7


Game 5—St. Thomas 3, UW-Oshkosh 1 (UW-Oshkosh eliminated)


Game 6—UW-Whitewater 24, Carthage 3


Results Friday


Game 7—UW-Whitewater 4, St. Thomas 1 (10)


Game 8—St. Scholastica 9, Carthage 4 (Carthage eliminated)


Game 9—St. Scholastica 7, St. Thomas 1 (St. Thomas eliminated)


Result Saturday


Game 10—UW-Whitewater 21, St. Scholastica 13 (St. Scholastica eliminated)


AUGUSTANA REGIONAL


At Moline, Ill.


(Double elimination)


Results Wednesday


Game 1—Webster (Mo.) 7, Illinois Wesleyan 0


Game 2—UW-Stevens Point 2, Linfield (Ore.) 1 (10)


Game 3—Augustana (Ill.) 6, Wartburg (Iowa) 5


Results Thursday


Game 4—Linfield 5, Illinois Wesleyan 4 (Illinois Wesleyan eliminated)


Game 5—Wartburg 2, Webster 0


Game 6—Augustana 4, UW-Stevens Point 3


Results Friday


Game 7—Webster 9, UW-Stevens Point 7 (UW-Stevens Point eliminated)


Game 8—Linfield 7, Wartburg 5 (Wartburg eliminated)


Game 9—Webster 14, Augustana 13


Results Saturday


Game 10—Linfield 10, Augustana 1 (Augustana eliminated)


Game 11—Winfield 4, Webster 3 (10), (Webster eliminated)



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