No. 5 UW-Whitewater opens with romp
Warhawks score eight of 11 runs with two outs
ST. LOUIS -- A two-run first inning proved to be all Wisconsin-Whitewater needed in an 11-1 season opening win against Washington University at Kelly Field on Thursday. UW-W, which scored eight of its runs with two outs, is ranked fifth in the D3baseball.com preseason poll and will face Washington again on Friday, March 4, at 1 p.m. ET.
Senior right fielder Daniel Putnam got the ball rolling for Whitewater with a lead-off single to center field. Junior center fielder Matt Beyer followed with a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second. Putnam advanced to third on a line drive to center by senior catcher Rob Coe before Beyer advanced into scoring position on a stolen base two pitches later. Junior left fielder Andrew Eichstaedt singled to left center field scoring Putnam and Beyer for the first Warhawk runs of 2011.
Senior third baseman Lee Kimbell was hit by a pitch to lead-off the second inning. He advanced to third on a Putnam single and came around to score on a wild pitch. Coe made the most of his second appearance at the plate with a three-run shot over the center field fence. The four run second brought the score to 6-0 and for the second inning, all the runs crossed the plate with two outs.
Washington retired the first two Warhawk batters on the fourth inning but Putnam notched his third single of the day, this time to right field. Beyer followed suit with an RBI double scoring Putnam. Coe recorded his fourth RBI of the game on a single to right field as Beyer came around to score from first to help the Warhawks lead 8-0 after four innings. Whitewater kept the pressure on scoring both runs after two outs.
Bears' center fielder Kyle Billig led off the fifth with a double to left center field to put just the third runner for Washington in scoring position. Billig moved to within 90 feet of home plate on a ground ball to first baseman Jeff Donovan, unassisted. The Bears kept the pattern going, scoring their only run of the game with two outs on a single to right center field by second baseman Travis May. The Warhawks closed the sixth on a fielder's choice leading 8-1.
Donovan led off the top of seventh with a single to right center field. Eichstaedt tagged a ball off the right field fence for a stand up double to put runners on second and third. A costly three-base error by Washington U. scored two, bringing the score to 10-1 at the seventh inning stretch.
UW-W added its final tally in the eighth. Again, after two outs Coe doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Donovan doubled in Coe to end the scoring.
The Warhawks collected 11 hits and did not commit an error. Putnam went 3 of 4, and also reached on a walk, while scoring three runs from his leadoff position. Coe went 3 of 5 with four runs batted in and two scored. Senior lefty Riley Tincher, who went 13-1 a year ago, went 5.0 innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run to pick up the win. Tincher walked two and struck out three. Eric Schmitz, Colin Grove, Jack Larsen and Tom Kerndt closed out the game without giving up a hit or a walk.
Senior third baseman Miguel Davis led the Bear offense with a 2 of 3 day at the plate. David Liebman, a senior lefthander, took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Washington University was a last minute addition to Whitewater's schedule, helping the Warhawks when weather eliminated two other plans and giving the Bears eight games in seven days. UW-W was originally set to open the season at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, but the snow that collapsed the roof forced a change in those plans. Then UW-W thought it had games set for Omaha, Neb., but the weather and playing field forced a last-minute switch.