UW-Whitewater stays alive, beats St. Scholastica on Saturday
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- UW-Whitewater scratched out a run in the first, and did not trail the rest of the way, beating St. Scholastica (Minn.) 6-5 in a NCAA Division 3 regional baseball elimination game on Saturday.
Saint Scholastica tied the game in the bottom of the first inning, but doubles by Ryan Leavitt and David Cladis, sandwiched around a hit batsman, upped UW-W's lead to 3-1 in the fourth.
A Warhawks error contributed to a run for CSS in the fourth, closing to 3-2. Jared Fon and Andrew Bauer drove in one run each in the fifth for a 5-2 lead.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh, Bauer's bunt pushed in one run in the top of the seventh to increase Whitewater's lead to 6-2.
CSS added two runs, on three hits and a walk, in the bottom of the seventh and another tally in the last half of the eighth to shrink Whitewater's lead to 6-5.
CSS put runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, but Eric Schmitz, who went ten innings in Whitewater's win over Concordia-College Wednesday, came on to strike out the final batter.
UW-W, 33-16 overall and 4-1 in the double elimination regional tourney, will play again Saturday, facing the University of Saint Thomas, 37-8 and 3-0, at 3:00. If Whitewater wins the 3:00 game the same two teams will play Sunday at 12:00. Saint Scholastica winds up the season with a 35-11 mark.
UW-Whitewater 2, Concordia University-Chicago 1 in ten innings