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Warhawks fall in title game

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Gazette Staff
May 10, 2010
— UW-Whitewater’s valiant climb through the losers’ bracket of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball tournament ended with a 2-0 loss to UW-La Crosse in the winner-take-all championship finale of the double- elimination event here Sunday.

With the victory, La Crosse (36-7) earned an automatic berth to the Division III NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Whitewater (31-15) must wait until 11 a.m. today to find out if it will be chosen for an at-large bid to the 60-team NCAA field.


After losing on Saturday to UW-Eau Claire, the Warhawks remained alive by defeating UW-Oshkosh, 8-0, in five innings; Eau Claire, 7-0; and


La Crosse, 4-1, to reach the title game.


After their first tournament loss, the Eagles bounced back as Heather Schultz (22-2) went the distance and blanked the Warhawks on three hits.


La Crosse scored the only run it would need on Whitewater pitcher Jessica Stang’s throwing error in the first inning. Stang (17-8) allowed one earned run on five hits through three innings to take the loss, while Warhawks’ reliever Katie Boyle blanked La Crosse on one hit through the final three innings.


Stang started all four games for Whitewater, pitching 22 innings overall. She gave up 11 hits, including one-hit shutouts over Oshkosh and Eau Claire.


Whitewater will host an NCAA regional softball tournament May 13-17 at Van Steenderen Field.


(Game 1)


WHITEWATER 8, OSHKOSH 0

UW-Oshkosh 000 00—0 1 1


UW-Whitewater 413 00—8 6 0


Wautier, Kowalewski (1), Schultz (3) and Mikulecky; Stang and Epifanio.


Leading hitters—Mertes (W), 2x3; Baldwin (W), 2x2. HR—McDonnell.


SO—Kowalewski (O) 1, Schultz (O) 3, Stang (W) 3. BB—Wautier 2, Kowalewski 2, Schultz 1, Stang 1.


(Game 2)


WHITEWATER 7, EAU CLAIRE 0

UW-Whitewater 060 010 0—7 11 1


UW-Eau Claire 000 000 0—0 1 1


Stang and Epifanio; Hegseth, Krummel (2), Meinen (7) and Kidnie.


Leading hitters—Rankins (W), 2x4; Epifanio (W), 2x3; Gaza (W), 2x3. 2B—Mertes (W), Rankins (W), Gaza (W).


SO—Stang (W) 6, Krummel (EC) 1. BB—none.


(Game 3)


WHITEWATER 4, LA CROSSE 1

UW-Whitewater 120 010 0—4 7 0


UW-La Crosse 000 000 1—1 4 1


Stang and Epifanio; Veroeven, Probst (2) and Pietrowiak.


Leading hitters—Mertes (W), 2x3; Baldwin (W), 2x3; Stoll (LC), 2x3. HR—Stoll.


(Championship)


LA CROSSE 2, WHITEWATER 0

UW-Whitewater 000 000 0—0 3 2


UW-La Crosse 101 000 x—2 6 0


Stang, Boyle (4) and Epifanio; Schultz and Pietrowiak.


Leading hitters—LeBeau (W), 2x3. 2B—LeBeau.


SO—Boyle (W) 1, Schultz (LC) 5. BB—Stang 1.



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