Warhawk baseball downs St. Scholastica; Stevens Point is next
A three-run first inning was enough to keep UW-Whitewater in the winners’ bracket of the NCAA Division III baseball regional here Thursday.
The Warhawks (40-5) defeated St. Scholastica, 6-2, to eliminate the Minnesota school from the tournament.
Next up for Whitewater is a familiar opponent—Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival UW-Stevens Point. The Warhawks and Pointers are scheduled to play at 10 a.m. today. There is a threat of rain in the forecast.
Warhawk coach John Vodenlich said he is not certain who will be the team’s starting pitcher for this season’s eighth meeting between the two teams.
“It’s either going to be (Aaron) Leitner or (Jeff) Donovan,” Vodenlich said. “Everybody is feeling good and well-rested. They’ll both be ready to go.”
Whitewater used three homers and solid pitching to send St. Scholastica home.
Janesville Parker High School graduate Matt Beyer hit a solo homer for Whitewater in the second. It was Beyer’s seventh homer of the season.
Rob Coe’s two-run homer in the top of first inning gave the Warhawks the early advantage.
Jason Hooper (7-2) went seven innings for Whitewater, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk and striking out five.
The Saints (38-8) scored their runs in the bottom of the second to get within two of the Warhawks.
Jordan Stine, who led the offense with a 4-for-5 performance, put the Warhawks out of reach with a solo homer in the ninth.
Kyle Lee and Ben Versnik each pitched an inning of scoreless relief for Whitewater.
“We had great pitching,” Vodenlich said of Thursday’s production. “If our pitching does what it has all year, and that is put us in the position to win, our hitters and our ability to score should put us in good shape.”
WHITEWATER 6, ST. SCHOLASTICA 2
Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Stine, cf, 5-2-4-1; Putnam, rf, 4-1-2-0; Donovan, 1b, 3-0-1-1; Kuhlmann, 2b, 5-1-0-0; Coe, c, 4-1-2-2; Rechlitz, 3b, 4-0-1-0; Kenseth, ss, 4-0-2-0; Conroy, dh, 3-0-0-0; Wessels, ph, 1-0-0-0; Beyer, lf, 4-1-1-1. Totals: 37-6-13-5.
St. Scholastica (ab-r-h-rbi)— Marshik, 2b, 4-0-0-0; Gerten, 3b, 4-0-1-0; Claugherty, 1b, 4-0-0-0; Kolodge, c, 4-0-0-0; Link, rf, 3-1-1-0; Greening, cf, 2-1-1-0; Bell, dh, 3-0-0-0; Peterson, lf, 3-0-2-2; Peterson, ss, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 30-2-5-2.
UW-Whitewater 310 000 002—6
St. Scholastica 020 000 000—2
E—Marshik, Gerten, Peterson. DP—Whitewater 2. LOB—Whitewater 7, St. Scholastica 2. 2B—Stine, Coe, Gerten. HR—Stine, Coe, Beyer. Sac—Putnam. SF—Donovan.
n Carthage 10, Aurora 5—Carthage scored early and late to eliminate Aurora from the tournament.
Mike Petti hit a three-run homer and an RBI double to lead the Red Men. Will Hodges added a two-run double.
Mario Perez (5-3) pitched the first six innings to pick up the win with relief help from Eric Rohe.
CARTHAGE 10, AURORA 5
Carthage 310 000 321—10 15 3
Aurora (Ill.) 100 001 300—5 7 3
Perez, Rohe (7) and Tavs, Soderlund; McCarthy, Gorsline (7), Pisano (8) and Williamson.
Leading hitters—Aiello (Ca) 2x5, Petti (Ca) 2x4, Hodges (Ca) 2x4, Albers (Ca) 2x5, Kozlowski (Ca) 2x5, Eickmeyer (Ca) 2x5, Williamson (A) 2x4, Davidson (A) 2x4. 2B—Petti (Ca), Hodges (Ca) , Kozlowski (Ca), Soderlund (Ca), Amedi (A). 3B—Eickmeyer (Ca). HR—Petti (Ca).
SO—Perez (Ca) 4, Rohe (Ca) 3, McCarthy (A) 1, Pisano (A) 1. BB—Perez 4, , Rohe 3, McCarthy 2, Gorsline 1.
-- Stevens Point 2, St. Thomas 1—Scott Williams pitched the Pointers (31-15) into today’s winners’ bracket matchup against Whitewater.
Jeremy Richter’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth was all the runs Williams (9-2) needed.
Matt Olson hit his third home run of the year in the first for the defending national champion’s only run.
St. Thomas (33-8) is scheduled to meet Carthage (29-17) in an elimination game at 1 p.m. today.
STEVENS POINT 2, ST. THOMAS 1
St. Thomas (Minn.) 100 000 000—1 8 1
UW-Stevens Point 000 200 00x—2 4 1
Edwards and Field; Williams and Considine.
Leading hitter—Olson (ST) 3x4. 2B—Rahm (ST). HR—Olson (ST), Richter (SP).
SO—Edwards (ST) 2, Williams (SP) 4. BB—Edwards 2, Williams 1.