UW-Whitewater softball coach gets 300th career win
UW-Whitewater notched a doubleheader sweep in nonconference softball and celebrated a milestone for coach Brenda Volk on Wednesday at Clermont, Fla.
Volk notched her 300th career victory as the Warhawks downed Eastern Connecticut State, 10-2, to avenge their only loss of the season. Whitewater whipped D’Youville College of Buffalo, N.Y., 12-0, to complete the sweep.
Volk is 301-141-4 in 11 seasons as Whitewater coach. Volk has coached the Warhawks to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate College Conference championships, two WIAC tournament titles and runner-up in the NCAA Division III National Championship game last season.
In avenging its only loss, Whitewater (9-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the first and rolled to the five-inning victory over Eastern Connecticut State.
Whitewater starting pitcher Jessica Stang (4-1) threw a two-hitter, striking out six and walking one.
Orfordville Parkview graduate Amy Gahl went 3-for-3, including a double, a triple and a pair of RBIs. Teammate Suzanne Gersich cracked a solo home run.
In Game 2, the Warhawks made quick work of D’Youville.
Gahl again led the charge once again, with a homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning and give the Warhawks the only run they needed.
Whitewater (9-1) added 10 runs in the second, as the game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Dianna Frisbie pitched three innings to pick up her first win of the season.
The Warhawks play Union College and Buffalo State today to conclude their spring trip.
E. CONN. STATE 2 (5)
Eastern Connecticut State 000 11—2 2 1
UW-Whitewater 401 32—10 13 2
Manzo, Cravens (3) and Mustin; Stang and Rothmund.
Leading hitters—Gersich (W) 3x3, LeBeau (W) 2x3, Gahl (W) 3x4. 2B—Alicea (ECS), Gahl (W), LeBeau (W). 3B—Gahl (W). HR—Gersich.
SO—Cravens 2, Stang 6. BB—Manzo 2, Stang 1.
WHITEWATER 12, D’YOUVILLE 0 (5)
D’Youville College 000 00—0 3 1
UW-Whitewater 2(10)0 0x—12 10 0
Norton and Shank; Frisbie, LeBeau (4) and Yucius, Bartolotta.
Leading hitters—McDonnell (D) 2x3, Rankins (W) 2x2. 3B—Gersich (W), Baldwin (W). HR—Gahl (W).
SO—Norton (D) 2, Frisbie (W) 3, LaBeau (W) 2. BB—Norton 2, Frisbie (W) 4.
Wheaton 3-9, Beloit 0-1—At Wheaton, Ill., Wheaton swept a doubleheader from visiting Beloit College in nonconference softball.
In Game 1, Wheaton’ Mandy Brockman blanked Beloit on six hits. In Game 2, Wheaton pounded out 14 hits in the six-inning game.
Beloit starter Katy Sandt took the loss in both games, allowing three runs on three hits in Game 1, and eight runs on 12 hits in Game 2.
Beloit falls to 2-10 overall.
WHEATON 3, BELOIT 0
Beloit College 000 000 0—0 6 4
Wheaton College 300 000 x—3 3 2
Sandt and Starihi; Brockman and Mattocks.
Leading hitters—Jones (BC), 2x3. 2B—Jones (BC).
SO—Sandt 7, Brockman 8. BB—Sandt 4, Brockman 1.
WHEATON 9, BELOIT 1
Beloit College 000 010—1 6 3
Wheaton College 123 201—9 14 3
Sandt (5), Jacquez and Stariha; McCullough (4), Brockman (2) and Mattocks.
Leading hitters—Mattocks (W), 3x3, Chrans (W) 2x2, Munoz (W) 2x4. 2B—Fox (B), Guenard (W), Munoz (W), Mattocks (W), Oliver (W).
SO—Sandt 2, Jacques 1, McCullough 2, Brockman 1. BB—Sandt 1, Jacquez 1, McCullough 2, Brockman 1.