By Chris Lindeke
Assistant Athletic Director, Strategic Communications and Branding
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Saturday, May 8, 2021
The No. 8 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater baseball team extended its current win streak to 10 games Saturday with back-to-back victories against Finlandia (Mich.) in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.
With the wins, the Warhawks (29-4 overall, 21-3 WIAC) grabbed sole possession of first place in the WIAC standings, taking a one-game lead with four league games left to play.
UW-Whitewater scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a 12-4 triumph in the opener. Right fielder Taylor White posted three hits, one run scored and one run batted in, and centerfielder Jacob DeMeyer totaled two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Third baseman Tucker Criswell collected two hits and one run scored, and second baseman Jason Abatto registered one hit, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Pitcher Donovan Brandl finished with two hits at the plate and improved to 5-1 on the year on the mound, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven over five innings of work. Max Huseboe tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief, and Connor Moroder finished the game by pitching the final two frames.
In the second game, the Warhawks scored in six of their seven at-bats, taking the contest 10-0 by run rule after seven innings.
White recorded three hits and two RBIs, and DeMeyer posted two hits and one RBI to lead the offense. Criswell and second baseman Sam Vomhof each knocked in two runs, and centerfielder Zach Campbell scored three runs and plated one run.
Starting pitcher Connor Spear allowed one hit and struck out six over six innings to move to 4-0 on the season. Hayden Fox pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh in relief.
UW-Whitewater finishes up its five-game set against the Lions (0-32, 0-24) Sunday with a single game starting at 1 p.m.