Morris Hoosier Bats Farm Bridges The Arc Strack and Van Til
BASEBALL HOMECOACHING STAFFBOARDFACILITIESNEWSARCHIVES

FORMER CHIEF ANDREW LOWE AND THE WHITEWATER WARHAWKS ARE HEADED TO THE DIVISION III WORLD SERIES

Sunday, May 18, 2014 • POSTED BY:  http://www.uwwsports.com/

The UW-Whitewater baseball team staged a late inning comeback to defeat Adrian College 5-4 Saturday at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in Whitewater to advance to the World Series.  The Warhawks, 40-7, will be making their seventh appearance in the World Series in program history, fourth under Head Coach John Vodenlich.  Adrian finishes the season 33-15 with both losses in the regional coming at the hands of UW-Whitewater.

Photo gallery of game (courtesy of Alex Saager)
Photo gallery of celebration (courtesy of Alex Saager)

After scoring two in the bottom of the first after a walk and three consecutive singles many might have thought it was going to be an easy day for the Warhawks.  Mitch Stefanski made sure it was not.  Stefanski belted a solo homer in the second, another in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.  Add that to a solo homerun by Sam Fischer to lead off the fourth and the Bulldogs had a 4-2 lead after five and a half.

The Warhawks began to chip away as soon as they could.  With one out in the sixth Mikole Pierce (DePere/DePere) singled through the left side.  He stole second and was awarded third after the umpire called interference on the Bulldog second baseman.  A groundout by Michael Gonzalez (Delavan/Delavan-Darien) pushed Pierce across and the Bulldog lead shrunk to 4-3.

Adam Gregory (Edgerton/Edgerton) tied things up in the seventh on a single to right field that plated Trey Cannon (Palatine, IL/Palatine), and UW-W completed the comeback by taking a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez.

Warhawk lefty Colin Grove (Beloit/Memorial) entered the game part way through the sixth and shutdown the Bulldogs.  He registered five strikeouts while allowing just two hits over three and two-thirds to earn the victory and improve to 4-0 this season.  Grove made three appearances in the regional totaling 6.2 innings pitched and did not allow a single run.  For his efforts he was named to the regional's all-tournament team.

Pierce, named the regional's Most Outstanding Player, was 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs.  Gonzalez accounted for two RBIs and one run on a 1-for-3 performance, and Trey Cannon (Palatine, IL/Palatine) went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.  Cannon's .462 average, five runs and three RBIs in the regional earned him a spot on the all-tournament team.

Dylan Friend (Burlington/Burlington) and Brock Liston (Darien, IL/Joliet Catholic) were also named to the all-tournament team.  Friend hit .417 in four games with three RBIs, two stolen bases and five walks.  Liston earned UW-W's first victory in the tournament throwing seven innings, scattering five hits, two runs and seven strikeouts.

This is the fourth time in the last 11 years that UW-W has reached the 40-win mark.  Three of the four times the Warhawks advanced to the World Series.

UW-W will play the winner of the New England Regional next Friday, May 23, at 7:45 pm at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.