UW-Whitewater remains undefeated
Warhawks rally for 10-inning win in back-and-forth battle
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- The combination of Matt Beyer's two-out triple and Dylan Friend's double in the 10th inning gave UW-Whitewater a 7-6 victory against Hamline in the Whitewater Regional of the NCAA III Baseball Championship Tournament at Prucha Field at Miller Stadium. It was the third of six games in the regional that have been extra-inning affairs.
Whitewater scored first with Jeff Donovan opening the fourth inning with his eighth home run of the season. Hamline combined three hits with a Whitewater error to take a 2-1 lead after four.
Whitewater, which scored twice in the fifth on four hits to lead 3-2, saw Hamline use a bases-loaded walk to score the tying run in their half of the fifth. UW-W then scored twice in the sixth on two hits and two sacrifices. Rob Coe's fourth home run of the season in the seventh made it 6-3 Whitewater.
The lead lasted one inning with Hamline knotting the score at 6-6 on four hits and a costly Whitewater error in the bottom of the eighth, which set the stage for the clutch hitting of Beyer and Friend in the 10th.
Whitewater had 16 hits, the most in the regional in the first two days, and the two teams combined for 27 hits, also the regional high.
The hit barrage kept the bullpens busy. Each team used five pitchers in the game.
Beyer led both teams at the plate, going 4 for 5. UW-W improved to 34-11 and remained the only unbeaten team in the regional. Hamline dropped to 29-14 and will play in an elimination game Friday.