Mallory Klotz’s two-out single drove home Megan Schweitzer in the top of the seventh inning to lead UW-Whitewater to a 6-5 win over Benedictine (Ill.) in the NCAA Division III regional softball tournament at van Steenderen Softball Complex on Saturday.
The Warhawks (26-11-1) play Coe (Iowa), a 12-2 winner against Trine (Ind.) in the regional’s other Saturday match-up, at 11 a.m. today in the double-elimination tournament.
With the score tied 5-all, Schweitzer led off the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single. Schweitzer then stole second and went to third on a groundout before Klotz delivered the two-out hit.
Molly Ethington and Caitlin Catino each drove in two runs for the Warhawks.
Julia Camardo pitched the first 6 2/3 innings to get the win. Camardo struck out eight.
Dani Biesiada came in with two outs in the seventh and allowed a hit before getting the final out on a popup in the infield.
WHITEWATER 6, BENEDICTINE 5
Benedictine 003 002 0—5 7 1
Whitewater 203 001 x—6 11 0
Karlinski and Moore; Camardo, Biesiada and Neitzel.
Leading hitters—Malsack (B) 2x3, Pflugradt (W) 2x4, Jackson (W) 2x4, Klotz (W) 2x3, Ethington (W) 2x3. 2B—Malsack (B). 3B—Jackson (W). HR—Malsack (B), Grasz (B), Boyajian (B), Sakellaropoulos (B).
SO—Karlinski (B) 3, Camardo (W) 8. BB—Karlinski 3, Camardo 1.