UW-Whitewater blanks UW-Oshkosh
Warhawks sweep doubleheader, Houda throws first shutout
WHITEWATER, Wis -- Katie Boyle raised her record to 7-1 with a four-hit, 4-0 shutout in No. 9 Wisconsin-Whitewater’s win against Wisconsin-Oshkosh in game one of a doubleheader. Bekka Houda tossed a two-hit 2-0 shutout in game two to give Whitewater its first back-back shutouts of the season on Wednesday.
Whitewater and Oshkosh matched goose eggs throughout game one -- except for the bottom of the third inning. With one out Whitewater's Kelly McGrail reached on a error. Amanda Mertes then singled her to second, and McGrail moved up to third on another Titan error.
Mertes stole second, and Mimi Ramirez walked to load the bases to bring up the three and four batters in Whitewater's lineup. Paige Evangelista doubled down the left field line to score two runs, and Emily Epifanio followed with a two-run single to account for all the scoring in the game.
Boyle tossed her fourth shutout of the season, and Whitewater's seventh, walking four and striking out four while lowering her ERA to 1.20. Oshkosh’s Courtney Wautier allowed six hits, four coming in that third inning, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Warhawk Laura Eichenold was the only person for either team with more than one hit, 2-for-3.
Whitewater got off to a fast start in the second game after Ramirez got walked and Evangelista reached on an error in the bottom of the first. Both runners advanced on a passed ball. Epifanio drove in Ramirez on a ground out.
It was a case of déjà vu in the bottom of the fifth when Whitewater's Epifanio blasted her second RBI of the game, driving in Ramirez again.
UW-W's defense also came through; when after a one out single second baseman Kelly McGrail turned a double play in the top of the sixth.
Bekka Houda pitched her first shutout of the year for the Warhawks and the eighth for the team, striking out three and walking two. Oshkosh had a combined effort, with Julie Sweeny starting. She pitched 5.1 innings and allowed struck out five and walked six, with three hits. Wautier came in for relief at the bottom of the sixth. She struck out one and gave up one hit.
No player on either team had more than one hit.