Warhawks take doubleheader against UW-Stevens Point

The UW-Whitewater baseball team swept UW-Stevens Point in the second doubleheader played this past week at James B. Miller Stadium in Whitewater on Monday.

In the first game, the ’Hawks got the offense going early on a single by sophomore Dylan Friend which scored senior Matt Beyer.

The next batter, sophomore Jared Fon belted a double to center to score Friend and put the ‘Hawks ahead 2-1.

Stevens Point answered in the second inning by scoring four runs on five hits.

In the bottom of the third for the ‘Hawks Friend doubled. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Freshman Marty Herum got the ‘Hawks within two runs by hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Friend.

Herum also highlighted a four run forth for the ‘Hawks by hitting a double that scored three runs and gave them a 7-5 lead.

The Pointers took back the lead in the fifth with back-to-back run scoring doubles, scoring three runs in the inning placing them ahead 8-7.

Then in the bottom of the sixth inning, the ‘Hawks scored two more runs on a pair of doubles hit by Herum and senior Ryan Leavitt.

In the bottom of the seventh, Herum hit a bases loaded double giving the ‘Hawks the lead at 11-9.

The ‘Hawks tallied a few more runs in the eighth with a pair of singles by Fon and Herum sealing the 15-9 victory in game one of the double header.

“I think we just need to play our brand of baseball and we will do great,” Fon said.

“I feel coach Vodenlich was pleased with how we played, Stevens Point is a good team and taking 3 of the 4 games from them was big for us,” relief pitcher junior Justin Mortensen said.

Game two of the double header was the opposite of game one.

It was a pitcher’s dual tied 0-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Beyer drove in senior Brandon Egnarski with a single to right.

Then in the sixth Egnarski drove in Leavitt with a single.

Herum drove in his eighth RBI of the day with a single that scored Friend in the seventh giving the ‘Hawks a 3-0 lead.

Senior Eric Schmitz pitched six and two-thirds innings while recording seven strikeouts and notching the win for the ‘Hawks.

Closer junior Tom Kerndt came in and pitched a perfect final two outs to record the save and giving the ‘Hawks a 3-0 win.

“After the first game we came back and played our kind of baseball in the next, as a team we pitched well and hit well when needed,” Fon said.

When asked what are your expectations for the remainder of the season he replied, “Got to win the conference tournament and regionals no reason why shouldn’t be able to if we play our game.”

The ‘Hawks travel to UW-Superior for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

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