UW-Whitewater Warhawks fall, get another shot at La Crosse
If that goes to seven games today, the Warhawk season will be over.
St. Thomas defeated Whitewater, 5-3, Thursday in the NCAA Division III regional at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.
“It was a tough one today,” Warhawk coach John Vodenlich said. “We left 10 runners on. We had the opportunities to win the game.”
The lose puts the Warhawks into today’s elimination game against La Crosse, which won both the WIAC regular-season title and tournament championship. The Eagles’ 34-10 record includes a 6-0 mark against the Warhawks.
La Crosse, which lost its regional opener, 3-2, against Aurora, bounced back to defeat North Park, 4-2, on Thursday.
The Warhawks lost to St. Thomas after beating Concordia-Chicago in the regional opener.
Whitewater missed a chance for a big inning in the first. With one out, Dylan Friend tripled to center, but was cut down at home trying for an inside-the-park homer. Jared Fon and Marty Herum then singled, but a popup ended the inning.
“That was not an ideal situation,” Vodenlich said of the first inning. “I would have felt worse if we had lost by one. But it was not just the first inning. It happened later in the game as well.
“We just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”
Whitewater grabbed a 1-0 lead against the No. 1-seeded Tommies in the second. With one out, Steve Bartlein singled and went to second on a groundout. David Clatis was hit by a pitch, and then Janesville Parker High graduate Matt Beyer singled to center on an 0-1 pitch to drive in Bartlein.
St. Thomas responded with three runs in its half of the inning.
The Warhawks tied it in the next inning, when Ryan Leavitt doubled with two outs. Mike Mierow walked and Bartlein reached on an error.
Brandon Egnarski made the Tommies pay with a two-run single.
St. Thomas scored an unearned run in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Junior righthander Dylan Thomas pitched the first eight innings to improve his record to 7-2. Steve Maher pitched the final inning for the save.
And now Whitewater faces La Crosse. Kyle Stewart, who has a 7-2 record with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts this season, likely will be the Warhawk starter.
Vodenlich is confident his team will turn its season-long record around this morning, especially since all six previous games were played at La Crosse.
“We get them off of their turf,” Vodenlich said. “They’ve already lost one game in the regional. We’re confident. This is the first game not at their place.”
ST. THOMAS 5, WHITEWATER 3
Whitewater (ab-r-h-rbi)—Beyer, lf, 4-0-2-1; Friend, cf, 5-0-1-0; Fon, 3b, 4-0-1-0; Herum, 1b, 5-0-2-0; Leavitt, dh, 4-1-2-0; Mierow, rf, 3-1-0-0; Bartlein, ss, 4-1-1-0; Egnarski, c, 4-0-1-2; Caldis, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Gonzalez, ph, 1-0-0-0; Wessels, 2b, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 36-3-10-3.
St. Thomas (ab-r-h-rbi)—Hogan, cf, 4-0-1-1; Kuzniar, lf, 4-0-1-0; Thomas, p-dh, 4-0-0-0; Bruchu, 3b, 3-1-1-0; Dorgan, c, 3-2-1-2; Means, 1b, 4-1-2-1; Gapinski, pr, 0-0-0-0; Reichert, 1b, 0-0-0-0; Gerber, rf, 2-0-0-0; Miller, 2b, 2-1-1-0; Novak, ph-2b, 2-0-0-0; Kinsel, ss, 3-0-0-0. Totals: 32-5-8-4.
Whitewater 012 000 000—3 10 3
St. Thomas 030 100 01x—5 8 2
E—Beyer, Herum, Roberts, Bruchu, Kinsel. DP—St. Thomas 1. LOB—Whitewater 10, St. Thomas 6. 2B—Leavitt 2, Hogan, Means 2. 3B—Friend. HR—Dorgan.
Whitewater IP H R ER BB SO
Grove (L, 2-1) 3.2 7 4 3 1 0
Roberts 4.1 1 1 1 1 3
Thomas (W, 8-2) 8 10 3 1 2 3
Maher 1 0 0 0 1 2
In other games Thursday, it was:
-- La Crosse 4, North Park 2—Cole Cefalu drove in two of the Eagles’ runs, and Garrett Scray pitched a 10-hit complete game.
Scray improved to 7-3.
All 10 North Park hits were singles.
LA CROSSE 4, NORTH PARK 2
North Park 000 200 000—2 10 2
La Crosse 001 200 10x—4 8 1
Soldano and Sanchez; Scray and Harazin.
Leading hitters—Rice (NP) 3x4, Javech (NP) 2x4, Cefalu (LC) 2x3; Harzin (LC) 2x4; Geary (LC) 2x4. 2B—Geary (LC).
SO—Soldano (NP) 6, Scray (LC) 3. BB—Soldano 3, Scray 1.
-- St. Norbert 5, Concordia-Chicago 0—St. Norbert scored four runs in the bottom of the second, and pitcher Josh Honzik didn’t need anything else as he threw a nin-hit, complete-game shutout.
Chris Laux drove in two runs for the Green Knights (27-17), who play at 4 p.m. today against the winner of the St. Scholastica-Aurora game.
ST. NORBERT 5, CONCORDIA-CHICAGO 0
Concordia-Chicago 000 000 000—0 9 0
St. Norbert 040 010 00x—5 8 1
Beelen, Pawell (6) and Randerson; Honzik and Hillesheim.
Leading hitters—Even (CC) 2x5, Stephens (CC) 2x4, Mason (SN) 2x4. 2B—Eichholzer (CC), Stephens (CC), Schulz (CC), Hannon (SN), Hillesheim (SN), Laux (SN), Rottier (SN).
SO—Beelen (CC) 4, Pawell (CC) 1, Honzik (SN) 1. BB—Beelen 2, Honzik 3.
-- St. Scholastica 8, Aurora 4—Parker Olson’s RBI triple to right drove in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning and Saint Scholastica added three more runs to defeat Aurora.