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Beyer helps keep 'Hawks undefeated

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Gazette Staff
May 20, 2011
— Matt Beyer topped off a huge day for UW-Whitewater’s baseball team in grand fashion here Thursday at James Miller Stadium.

The junior left fielder out of Janesville Parker High School had four hits against Hamline University, including a two-out triple in the 10th inning, which enabled him to score the winning run in a pulsating 7-6 victory.


With its second NCAA Division III regional win, Whitewater (34-11) became the only unbeaten team in the double-elimination tournament. That set up the second-seeded Warhawks for a 4 p.m. game today against top-seeded UW-Stevens Point (33-9) or Hamline (29-14), who play an elimination game at 10 a.m.


St. Scholastica (36-6) and St. Thomas (27-7) also remain in contention with 1-1 regional records. They play at 1 p.m. today, and the winner advances to Saturday’s finals.


In the tournament’s third game to go extra innings, Beyer’s triple put Whitewater in a position to deliver Thursday’s victory. Dylan Friend followed with the RBI double, giving the Warhawks their 7-6 lead.


Rob Coe, the Warhawks’ fifth pitcher of the day, finished off the St. Paul, Minn., school with 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th to get the victory after three innings of relief. Coe allowed no runs on two hits.


Jeff Donovan’s leadoff homer in the fourth gave Whitewater a 1-0 lead in the seesaw battle, but Hamline combined three hits with a Warhawk error to go up 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.


Whitewater rode two-run rallies in the fifth and sixth to a 5-3 lead. Coe made it 6-3 in the seventh with his fourth homer of the season.


That lead lasted one inning. Hamline forced the 6-6 tie with a three-run eighth that included four hits and a Whitewater error, setting up the 10th-inning drama.


Whitewater finished with 16 hits, the most for any team in the tournament’s first two days. The two teams combined for 27 hits—also the most in the regional.


Beyer led both teams in going 4-for-5 at the plate. He also scored two runs, while Coe, who started the game as the catcher, collected three hits.


WHITEWATER 7, HAMLINE 6 (10)

Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Putnum, rf, 5-1-1-0; Eichstaedt, ss, 5-1-1-0; Coe, c, 5-1-3-2; Donovan, 1b, 4-1-2-2; Young, dh, 3-0-1-0; Fon, 3b, 5-2-1-0; Beyer, lf, 5-2-4-0; Friend, 4-0-2-2; Wessels, 4-0-0-1. Totals: 41-7-16-7.


Hamline (ab-r-h-rbi)—Powell, 2b, 5-0-2-0; Rogers, rf, 4-0-1-0; Buck, 4-1-1-1; King, lf, 5-2-2-1; Richardson, c, 5-1-1-0; Ellefson, 3b, 5-1-2-1; Modrynski, 1b, 5-0-0-0; Miller, cf, 5-0-2-1; Hackel, ss, 4-1-0-1. Totals: 42-6-11-5.


UW-Whitewater 000 122 100 1—7


Hamline University 000 210 030 0—6


E—Whitewater 3, Hamline 0. DP—Hamline 2. LOB—Whitewater 8, Hamline 8. 2B—Friend, King, Miller. 3B—Beyer. HR—Coe, Donovan. SH—Young, Wessels. SF—Friend. SB—Beyer. CS—Rogers.


Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO


Lambert 4 1/3 5 3 3 0 4


Roberts 0 0 0 0 2 0


Schmitz 2 1 0 0 0 3


Tincher 2/3 3 3 1 0 0


Coe (W, 1-1) 3 2 0 0 0 2


Hamline


Mullendore 4 1/3 9 3 3 0 3


Miller 2 4 3 3 1 0


Benford 1 1/3 1 0 0 0 0


Bugielski 2 1 1 1 0 1


Arch (L, 3-2) 1/3 1 0 0 0 1


Time—2:55. Attendance—405.


-- St. Scholastica 3, UW-Stevens Point 2—Tom Juberian’s RBI single put St. Scholastica (36-6) up 3-1 in the seventh, and the Saints hung on as the WIAC champion Pointers scored a run in the top of the ninth.


An errant Pointer pickoff attempt in the first inning resulted in the Saints’ first two runs.


St. Scholastica faces Saint Thomas at 1 p.m. today. Stevens Point (33-9) plays Hamline at 10 a.m.


ST. SCHOLASTICA 3, STEVENS POINT 2

Stevens Point 100 000 001—2 11 1


St. Scholastica 200 000 10x—3 7 0


Delorit, Iverson (7) and Rennicke; Jensen, Nystrom (8) and Moody.


Leading hitters—Koback (SP) 3x4, Thomas (SP) 2x4, Link (SS) 2x3. 2B—Koback (SP), Rennicke (SP), Link (SS), Peterson (SS).


SO—Delorit (SP) 4, Iverson (SP) 1, Jensen (SS) 5. BB—Delorit 5, Jensen 3.


-- St. Thomas 8, Aurora 3—Senior outfielder Drew Cremisino had 4 RBIs, and junior lefthander Bryce Gapinski allowed one earned run in seven innings as the Tommies eliminated the Spartans.


St. Thomas (28-17) is 1-1 in the tournament and plays at 1 p.m. today. Aurora finished 30-14.


ST. THOMAS 8, AURORA 3

St. Thomas 300 111 020—8 11 1


Aurora University 010 000 101—3 5 2


Gapinski, Ulrich (8) and Dorgan; Sitterly, Czaja (5), Munoz (6), Warnecke (6) and Payne.


Leading hitters—Kahle (ST) 3x4, Bruchu (ST) 2x4, Cremisino (ST) 2x4, Dorgan (ST) 2x5, Davidson (AU) 2x4. 2B—Cremisino (ST), Dorgan (ST), Rahm (ST), Korte (ST). 3B—Adams (AU).


SO—Gapinski (ST) 2, Sitterly (AU) 2, Warnecke (AU) 2. BB—Sitterly 1, Czaja (AU) 1, Munoz (AU) 2, Warnecke 2.



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