Warhawks’ season ends
The UW-Whitewater baseball team’s quest for a national title ended Sunday.
The Warhawks were eliminated from the NCAA Division III World Series by Chapman, 4-2.
Whitewater finished 37-13, and Sunday’s game was not indicative of how the Warhawks played for much of the season.
The Warhawks had three base runners picked off.
“The first six innings have got to go down as the worst six innings in Warhawk history,” Warhawk coach John Vodenlich said.
Chapman built a 3-0 lead through that span against Whitewater starter Riley Tincher, thanks in part to three errors by the Warhawks.
Meanwhile, Whitewater managed just four hits off Maietta and had three runners fall asleep.
Maietta picked shortstop Andrew Eichstaedt off second in the first inning. He got Jeff Donovan at first in the second inning and caught senior rightfielder Daniel Putnam napping at first in the fourth inning.
“I just had too big a lead,” Donovan said.
Putnam added: “Same thing. It was a quick move. Caught me off-guard.”
Donovan hit a two-run homer for the Warhawks.