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Whitewater softball's run ends at NCAA Super Regional

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The No. 25 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team concluded its season Saturday afternoon with back-to-back losses at No. 24 Illinois Wesleyan in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional.

After winning Game 1 Friday by a 1-0 score, the Warhawks (29-13-1 overall) were downed 7-0 in the second game before falling 3-0 in the third and decisive contest.

UW-Whitewater claimed the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships for the second straight season and clinched its sixth consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Warhawks won the NCAA Whitewater Regional with a trio of one-run victories, including the regional title clinching 3-2 win over Coe (Iowa) on Monday when junior centerfielder Caitlin Catino robbed Coe of a game-tying home run in the seventh inning on a play that was shown on ESPN SportsCenter later that night.

In Saturday’s opener, UW-Whitewater left seven runners on base over the first five innings, but junior Julia Camardo was able to keep the Titans (36-11-1) off the board during that span.

Illinois Wesleyan hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth to take the lead and broke the game open with five runs in the seventh, including four on a grand slam.

Five different players posted hits in the contest for the Warhawks, and senior left fielder Mallory Klotz drew two walks. Camardo (14-6) tallied a pair of strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

In the nightcap, the Titans hit a solo home run in the first inning and never trailed in the contest. They tacked on two more in bottom of the fourth to help punch their ticket to next week’s NCAA Championship round in Oklahoma City.

UW-Whitewater was limited to one hit – a single by Klotz in the first inning – in the affair. Sophomore Bella Matthias took the loss, falling to 10-5 on the season after striking out seven in six innings of work.

Klotz and fellow senior Michayla Swanson wrapped up their Warhawk careers Saturday after helping the team claim three WIAC regular season championships, four conference tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Klotz finished her career as the school’s all-time hits lead (232) and also finished among the top five in at-bats (573), runs (176), triples (12), stolen bases (34) and walks (63). Swanson registered career highs during her senior campaign in batting average (.288) and on-base percentage (.328) and started 117 of the 134 games she played in.

--UW-Whitewater Athletic Communications

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