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Warhawks live to play another day

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Gazette staff
May 18, 2009
— If UW-Whitewater’s baseball team can duplicate its two-victory Sunday in today’s NCAA Division III regional play, the Warhawks will be headed to the World Series.

But matching their 8-3 win over Wartburg and 10-4 victory over Millsaps will be more difficult today. The Warhawks will have to beat top-seeded Carthage College twice to advance to the World Series that will begin Friday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.


The first game against the Red Men (36-5) begins at 11 a.m. If the Warhawks (29-18) win, the teams meet again at 2 p.m.


Carthage has won its only two games in the double-elimination event, while Whitewater has been one win away from elimination since losing its second game of the tournament against Millsaps.


Warhawk coach John Vodenlich is familiar with the Carthage program. The Whitewater and Carthage staffs traveled together at national conventions in past years, Vodenlich said, and he knows 22-year Carthage coach Augie Schmidt well.


“They’re a good baseball team, and it’s a good program,” Vodenlich said. “I like them as a coaching staff and as a program.”


Junior lefthander Aaron Dott will start for the Warhawks in the first game today. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Dott is 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 16 appearance this season.


“Dott will be going on short rest, but he’s very capable,” Vodenlich said. “We have Dott ready, and the majority of our bullpen will be available. If we can’t perform, fatigue won’t be a factor.”


If the Warhawks win the morning game, Vodenlich expects to start Williams Lovera, another junior lefthander, in the deciding afternoon game.


“Carthage has four or five lefties in the lineup,” Vodenlich said.


Lovera is 3-1 with 18 appearance, but just three starts this season. He has a 4.23 ERA.


The Warhawks received a complete-game performance from junior righthander Doug Hanson in Sunday’s opening win against Wartburg. Hanson allowed nine hits and walked four to improve to 4-1.


Two freshman pitchers came through in the second game Sunday.


Ben Versnik, a 6-3, 240-pound righthander, pitched the first four innings of the win over Millsaps. Kyle Lee then pitched the next four—his longest stint of the season—to earn the win. Junior Riley Tincher pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the win.


“Hanson threw a wonderful game, and then we got a great job from the two freshmen,” Vodenlich said. “Tincher closed it out, and those guys haven’t seen a lot of time pitching.”


The pitchers were backed by a strong offensive showing, which included 14 hits in the win over Wartburg and 15 more aginst Millsaps.


Designated hitter Sam Petrasko went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs against Wartburg. Nick Rechlitz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Travis Wessels went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.


Leadoff hitter Tony Wong and first baseman Matt Millar each had three hits against Millsaps, with Millar driving in three runs.


Janesville Parker graduate Matt Beyer drove in two runs, scored another and stole a base in the win.


“We struggled the first half of the season, but slowly we been putting the pieces together,” Vodenlich said. “In the last couple of games, we’ve shown some of the potential this teams has.”


Now the Warhawks face their most important game of the season against a team that has lost only five times all season.


“If we win the first game,” Vodenlich said, “then all bets are off.”


(First Game)

WHITEWATER 8, WARTBURG 3


Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wong, cf, 5-0-1-1; Kuhlmann, 2b, 5-0-1-0; Coe, c, 4-1-1-0; Zalnis, rf, 5-1-1-0; Millar, 1b, 4-0-1-0; Petrasko, dh, 5-3-3-2; Beyer, lf, 5-1-1-0; Wessels, ss, 3-1-2-3; Rechlitz, 3b, 4-1-3-2. Totals: 40-8-14-8.


Wartburg (ab-r-h-rbi)—Roemmich, lf, 4-0-0-0; Stumpff, lf, 1-0-0-0; Rose, ss, 3-1-0-0; Johnson, 1b, 4-2-3-0; Martijn, dh, 4-0-1-0; Grau, cf, 2-0-1-2; Jones, rf, 4-0-2-1; Lewis, c, 4-0-0-0; Stevens, 3b, 3-0-2-0; Putz, 3b, 1-0-0-0; Nagle, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Chamberli, 2b, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 33-3-9-3.


UW-Whitewater 010 003 400—8


Wartburg 000 200 010—3


E—Wessels, Rechlitz, Rose, Lewis. DP—Whitewater 2, Wartburg 1. LOB—Whitewater 8, Wartburg 8. 2B—Wong, Wessels, Rechlitz, Grau. Sac—Millar. SF—Grau. SB—Petrasko, Wessels.


UW-Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO


Hanson (W, 4-1) 9 9 3 2 4 3


Wartburg


Watson (L, 5-5) 6.1 13 8 8 1 8


Rost 2.2 1 0 0 0 3


(Second Game)

WHITEWATER 10, MILLSAPS 4


Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wong, cf, 4-1-3-0; Kuhlmann, 2b, 4-2-2-1; Coe, c, 3-1-1-0; Zalnis, rf, 5-0-0-0; Millar, 1b, 5-2-3-3; Petrasko, dh, 3-1-2-0; Beyer, lf, 3-1-1-2; Rechlitz, 3b, 5-0-1-2; Wessels, ss, 5-2-2-1. Totals: 37-10-15-9.


Millsaps (ab-r-h-rbi)—Brian, lf, 4-1-1-0; Boyd, c, 4-0-2-0; Wheat, pr, 0-1-0-0; Berry, pr-c, 1-0-0-0; Hendrix, cf, 3-1-2-1; Hawkins, dh, 4-0-1-0; Rousse, dh, 0-0-0-0; Oredenes, 3b, 3-0-2-2; Moore, 3b, 1-0-0-0; Owen, rf, 4-1-1-0; Palme, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Barntho, 2b, 4-0-2-1; Murphy, ss, 4-0-0-0. Totals: 35-4-11-4.


UW-Whitewater 000 042 220—10


Millsaps 001 001 200—4


E—Coe, Boyd. DP—Whitewater 3, Millsaps 2. LOB—Whitewater 10, Millsaps 11. 2B—Wong 2, Millar, Brian, Boyd, Barntho. Sac—Kuhlmann, Coe, Beyer. SF—Hendrix. SB—Petrasko, Beyer, Owen.


UW-Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO


Versnik 4 4 1 1 4 1


Lee (W, 2-0) 4 7 3 3 1 5


Tincher 1 0 0 0 0 0


Millsaps


Maddox (L, 7-2) 6 9 6 5 3 4


Riggin 1 3 2 2 0 0


Conlee 2 3 2 2 2 1



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