Tincher throws Warhawks past Aurora
In his last start, UW-Stevens Point pounded Whitewater's ace for 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings en route to handing Tincher his first loss of the season at last week's WIAC tournament.
Whitewater coach John Vodenlich didn't give Tincher a "give-it-one-for-the-Gipper" speech in preparing for Aurora.
"We didn't even have a discussion," said Vodenlich, who expressed confidence in Tincher. "He's 12-1, and you don't become the ace after winning a game or two, and you don't stop being the ace after losing one game."
Tincher allowed one run on six hits through seven innings as Whitewater defeated Aurora, 6-1, to enter the winners' bracket of the six-team regional. Whitewater (39-5) faces St. Scholastica (38-7) at 1 p.m. today.
"It's not only critical to win the first game, but the first two are critical in a double- elimination tourney," Vodenlich said.
The Warhawks hammered Aurora starter Steve Salazar (8-2) for 12 hits. Jordan Stine and Daniel Putnam sparked Whitewater from the top of the order with three hits apiece.
"We got six hits from the first and second hole," Vodenlich said. "You get that kind of production at the top and good things happen."
The Warhawks opened the scoring with an unearned run in the first, and the Spartans responded with three singles in the second to even the score at 1-1.
Whitewater took the lead for good in the third, 2-1. Stine singled, stole second base, advanced to third on Putnam's single and scored on Ben Kuhlmann's fielder's choice.
After giving Aurora a run in the second, Tincher didn't allow a runner past first until he was got caught in a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the seventh. Tincher posted a strikeout to get out of trouble.
The Warhawks' Eric Schmitz pitched the final two innings without incident.
WHITEWATER 6, AURORA 1
Aurora (ab-r-h-rbi)—Amedei, 4-0-1-0; Wilson, ss, 4-0-1-0; Wellner, cf, 4-0-1-0; Williamson, c, 4-0-0-0; Davidson, 1b, 4-1-1-0; Mackey, 3b, 2-0-1-0; Anklam, dh, 3-0-1-1; Singraber, 3-0-1-0; Mulvaney, lf, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 31-1-7-1.
Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Stine, cf, 4-3-3-0; Putnam, rf, 5-0-3-0; Donovan, 1b, 4-0-1-2; Ben Kuhlmann, 2b, 5-0-0-1; Coe, c, 5-1-1-1; Kenseth, ss, 3-1-1-0; Leavitt, dh, 3-0-0-0; Beyer, lf, 4-0-1-0; Beyer, lf, 4-0-1-0; Rechlitz, 3b, 4-1-2-1. Totals: 37-6-12-6.
Aurora University 010 000 000—1
UW-Whitewater 101 120 01x—6
E—Wilson, Mackey, Singraber. DP—Whitewater 1. LOB—Aurora 6, Whitewater 11. 2B—Coe. SF—Donovan, Leavitt. SB—Stine, Putnam, Kenseth.
-- St. Thomas 14, Carthage 6—The Tommies, defending NCAA Division III national champions, rebounded from a 4-0 deficit to take a spot in the winners' bracket.
Carthage scored three runs on four hits in the first and added a run in the second. St. Thomas scored three runs on two hits, including Brady Field's three-run homer, to pull within 4-3 in the second.
The Tommies scored four runs on five hits in the third inning to take the lead for good, 7-4. St. Thomas finished with 15 hits.
St. Thomas (34-7) faces UW-Stevens Point (30-15) at 4 p.m. today.
ST. THOMAS 14, CARTHAGE 6
Carthage 310 000 020—6 10 2
St. Thomas 034 101 50x—14 15 2
Dahm, Kieffer (6), Weber (7), Montemayor (8) and Soderlund; Schuld, Gervais (9) and Field.
Leading hitters—Whately (C), 2x4; Albers (C), 2x5; Eickmeyer (C), 2x3; McQuillan (ST), 3x4; Larson (ST), 2x4; Rahm (ST), 2x5; Field (ST), 3x4. Bauer (ST), 2x4. 2B—McQuillan (ST), Cremisino (ST). HR—Field (ST).
SO—Dahm (C) 2, Kieffer (C) 1, Schuld (ST) 5. BB—Dahm 2, Kieffer 2, Weber (C) 1, Montemayor (C), 1, Schuld 5.
-- UW-Stevens Point 12, St. Scholastica 1—The Pointers pounded out 19 hits to rout the Saints.
Stevens Point (30-15) faces St. Thomas (34-7) at 4 p.m. today.
The Pointers collected seven extra-base hits, including Sam Spurney's three-run homer and Jeremy Richter's two-run shot. St. Scholastica was held to four hits.
Point starter Joel Delorit (8-3) allowed two hits through seven innings to earn the victory. Jeff Adams (8-1) allowed 14 hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
STEVENS POINT 12, ST. SCHOLASTICA 1
UW-Stevens Point 400 023 030—12 19 1
St. Scholastica 000 000 001—1 4 0
Delorit, Povlick (8), Archie (9) and Rennicke; Adams, Swenson (6), Ubl (9) and Moody.
Leading hitters—Archambeau (SP), 2x5; Fritz (SP), 2x6; Spurney (SP) 3x6; Richter (SP) 3x4; Rennicke (SP), 2x5; Douglas (SP), 3x4. 2B—Archambeau (SP), Jirschele (SP), Richter (SP), Surman (SP), Douglas (SP), Link (S). HR—Spurney (SP), Richter (SP).