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Whitewater settles for split on Jim Miller Day

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Gazette Staff
May 8, 2011
— UW-Whitewater’s baseball team couldn’t deliver a doubleheader sweep in honor of Jim Miller here Saturday.

The Warhawks lost the opener to UW-La Crosse, 3-1, but bounced back to win the second game, 1-0 in 13 innings, on the day Whitewater dedicated James B. Miller Stadium in honor of the retired coach.


Whitewater finished 18-6 in the WIAC and is the No. 2 seed in the three-team WIAC double-elimination tournament Friday and Saturday at conference champion UW-Stevens Point. The winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.


Whitewater will host an NCAA regional, but the Warhawks’ 29-9 team is not guaranteed a spot in the tournament.


In Saturday opener, La Crosse got a two-run single in the ninth inning for the winning margin. Whitewater had tied it 1-1 in the eighth when Brent Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.


In Game 2, Matt Beyer, a Janesville Parker graduate, singled home Travis Wessels to end the 13-inning marathon.


Garrett Scray pitched the first 11 innings for La Crosse, allowing no runs on seven hits. Jack Larsen threw the first nine innings for Whitewater, allowing no runs on four hits.


Whitewater reliever Eric Schmitz pitched four hitless innings to gain the victory.


The Warhawks host Concordia University in a nonconference doubleheader at 1 p.m. Tuesday.


(First Game)


LA CROSSE 3, WHITEWATER 1


La Crosse (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cefalu, cf, 3-0-0-0; Braga, lf, 5-0-1-1; Cordova, dh, 3-0-0-0; Harazin, c, 4-1-1-0; Trocke, 2b, 4-0-2-0; Geary, ss, 4-1-1-0; Fanta, 1b, 4-0-1-0; Brett Jacobson, 3b, 4-0-2-0; Johnson, rf, 4-1-2-0. Totals: 35-3-10-3.


Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Putnam, rf, 4-0-1-0; Eichstaedt, ss, 3-1-0-0; Coe, c, 3-0-1-0; Donovan, lb, 2-0-0-0; Fon 3b, 3-0-0-0; Young, dh, 2-0-1-1; Wessels, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Keller, ph, 1-0-0-0; Cladis, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Friend, cf, 4-0-1-0; Bauer, lf, 3-0-0-0; Beyer, lf, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 29-1-4-1.


UW-La Crosse 001 000 002—3


UW-Whitewater 000 000 010—1


DP—Whitewater 1. LOB—La Crosse 8, Whitewater 9. 2B—Johnson, Friend. SB—Braga, Putnam.


IP H R ER BB SO


La Crosse


Verthein 7 1/3 4 1 1 5 3


Lauersdorf 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 1


Whitewater


Lambert 8 1/3 9 3 3 2 5


Lee 2/3 1 0 0 1 2


(Second Game)


WHITEWATER 1, LA CROSSE 0 (13)


La Crosse (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cefalu, cf, 6-0-0-0; Braga, lf, 5-0-1-0; Cordova, dh, 5-0-0-0; Harazin, c, 4-0-1-0; Trocke, 2b, 5-0-1-0; Geary, ss, 4-0-1-0; Fanta, 1b, 4-0-0-0; Brett Jacobson. 3b, 5-0-0-0; Johnson, rf, 5-0-0-0. Totals: 43-0-4-0.


Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Putnam, rf, 5-0-2-0; Peot, rf, 0-0-0-0; Eichstaedt, ss. 5-0-0-0; Coe, c, 5-0-1-0; Donovan, lb, 3-0-0-0; Keller, 1b, 1-0-1-0; Fon, 3b, 5-0-0-0; Young, dh, 5-0-0-0; Wessels, 2b, 5-1-3-0; Friend, cf, 3-0-0-0; Beyer, lf, 5-0-2-1. Totals: 42-1-9-1.


UW-La Crosse 000 000 000 0—0


UW-Whitewater 000 000 000 1—1


E—Keller 2, Wessels. LOB—La Crosse 7, Whitewater 7. 2B—Braga, Trocke, Geary, Keller, Wessels. SB—Braga, Keller, Wessels.


IP H R ER BB SO


La Crosse


Scray 11 7 0 0 0 5


Lauersdorf (L) 1 1/3 2 1 1 0 0


Whitewater


Larsen 9 4 0 0 1 5


Schmitz 4 0 0 0 0 3



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