UW-Whitewater takes doubleheader
Seamon homer ignites Warhawk offense in sweep
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- No. 11 Wisconsin-Whitewater shut out Carroll 7-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon and used a seventh-inning surge to top the Pioneers 5-2 in the nightcap. The Warhawks improved to 12-2 while Carroll fell to 2-9.
After a scoreless first three innings, the UW-W offense picked up the pace from the plate. Freshman Laura Eichenold singled through the left side to start the top of the fourth. The next batter, freshman Samie Seamon homered over the left field fence to tally her first roundtripper as a Warhawk to put Whitewater on the board 2-0.
The Warhawks added another run in the fifth on four hits. A single from sophomore Amanda Mertes started the inning but Mertes was out at second on a fielder's choice in the next at bat. Back-to-back singles moved and scored freshman Amanda Ramirez and kept runners on first and second for Whitewater.
Senior Jordyn Gaza led off the sixth with a single up the middle and was pinch run for by sophomore Emily Muche. Senior Tina Galuk notched a one out single to put two runners on for UW-W. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position. Everybody was safe on Ramirez's fielder's choice with Muche coming in to score and Galuk moving to third. Ramirez moved stole second and sophomore Emily Epifanio brought both runners in with a three-run shot to center field for her first homer of the season.
Mertes, Epifanio and Eichenold each posted two hits in the game with Epifanio adding four RBIs.
Senior lefty Jessica Stang picked up the complete game on the mound to improve to 7-1 on the season. Stang allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 13 in the shutout.
The tables turned in the second game with Carroll jumping out to a 2-0 lead after scoring one in each of the first two innings. Whitewater answered with a run of its own in the top of the third after a couple of Pioneer errors put runners in scoring position with Ramirez coming in on a two out single from Eichenold.
UW-W had its back against the wall, needing to score to keep the game alive in the top of the seventh down 2-1. With the top of the lineup at the plate to start the inning, the Warhawks used five consecutive singles to score three runs and leave runners on first and second with no outs.
A groundout advanced the runners into scoring position but the lead runner was out on a fielder's choice on the next play. Gaza loaded the bases for the third time in the inning on a two-out single through the left side. Whitewater had one more run cross the plate on a passed ball to end the top of the seventh with the Warhawks adding four to the scoreboard on six hits.
UW-W's Stang took the Carroll batters down in order on three swinging strikeouts to record the 5-2 win.
Eichenold led Whitewater at the plate going 3 of 4 with three RBIs. Mertes, Ramirez and Gaza had two hits apiece in the game.
Sophomore righty Katie Boyle started the game for the Warhawks going 5.2 innings giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out two. Stang finished the game to pick up her eighth win of the season as she did not allow a hit and striking out four.