UW-Whitewater wins 2005 national title

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The 2005 Division III baseball champion UW-Whitewater Warhawks.
2005 Tournament scores, box scores
UW-Whitewater 8, Trinity (Conn.) 3
Chapman 8, Wartburg 1
Rowan 10, Hampden-Sydney 0
Wooster 7, Cortland State 6
Wartburg 4, Trinity (Conn.) 1
Cortland State 9, Hampden-Sydney 6
UW-Whitewater 7, Chapman 6
Wooster 8, Rowan 2
Cortland State 15, Chapman 12
Wartburg 8, Rowan 6 (16 inn.)
UW-Whitewater 10, Wooster 7
Cortland State 5, Wartburg 0
Cortland State 4, Wooster 1
UW-Whitewater 11, Cortland State 4

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- After Sunday night's victory over Wooster - a game that got over at 1:35 a.m. - the UW-Whitewater squad returned to the team's hotel in Appleton. As he was relaxing following the late-night contest, coach John Vodenlich noticed something interesting with pitcher Kevin Tomasiewicz.

"We got back at about 2, 2:30 (a.m.)," Vodenlich said. "Everyone else was ordering pizza. I went down and jumped in the pool. The fitness facility is right next to the pool, and he's (Tomasiewicz) on the bike and then he's on the treadmill for over an hour. It was pretty evident at that point that he was planning on trying to prepare himself so he could come back for the championship. That's what coaches like to see, because then it makes it easy for us to decide who should be playing."

So Vodenlich penciled in Tomasiewicz into the lineup for Tuesday's national championship game with Cortland State -- his third game of the tournament -- and the senior threw a complete-game victory for the Whitewater, an 11-4 title-clinching triumph at Fox Cities Stadium.

"I just did what I had to do to help the team," said Tomasiewicz, who earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. "I really wasn't thinking about the award at all. We needed a stop in Sunday night's game, so I came in and stopped it. Actually, I wasn't planning on starting until yesterday. I got the start again, and once I got to the fifth and sixth inning, I was like, 'I've got to finish this thing.' "

Tomasiewicz struck out three while walking two in his complete-game effort, his sixth of the season, enabling the Warhawks to finish 45-7 overall and win the national title for the first time in school history. "To be a Warhawk and go out on top, people are going to look at you forever and say that you're the team to beat now," said Tomasiewicz, one of seven seniors on the Whitewater roster.

The Red Dragons committed four errors, leading to three unearned runs in the game. Whitewater pounded out 10 hits against three Cortland pitchers, scoring 10 runs in the first five innings to cruise to the victory. Designated hitter Eddie Adamson went 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Warhawks. In the team's four games, Adamson hit a team-high .471 (8-for-17) with eight RBI, one of three Whitewater players to earn All-Tournament Team honors.

Adamson supplied much of the early spark for Whitewater on Tuesday. In the first inning, he laced a double off the left field wall, clearing the bases. Adamson came around to score himself on the play when the preceding runner collided with the catcher, sending the ball to the backstop, giving Whitewater a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, he hit a run-scoring single and later scored himself. "I'm seeing the ball well, and I had the guys in front of me heating up," Adamson said. "When those guys are hitting the ball, I'm hitting the ball. My average is about 100 points higher when I've got guys in front of me on-base. So my success is their success."

Eric Baldwin, Jeff Newcomer and Greg Harder also had two hits for the Warhawks, with Newcomer driving in two runs. Leadoff hitter Ross Klawitter scored three runs, reaching base each of the four times he came to the plate on three walks and a hit by pitch. Meanwhile, Aaron Guilbault, another All-Tournament Team selection, provided the exclamation point for the convincing victory, launching a towering home run to left field to lead off the eighth inning.

Cortland State starter Matt Miller lasted just 3-2/3 innings, allowing eight runs. Justin Mattes pitched an inning and a third, and Jason Chyr threw three innings of relief. Travis Robinson and Pat D'Auria had two hits each for the Red Dragons.

Cortland State the loaded the bases in the second inning, and two runs came across as Jimmy Basnight stroked a single to left, advancing to second on a fielding error.

In the third, Whitewater added to its lead, as Nicholas Teach singled and scored on a single by Baldwin. Four more runs came across for the Warhawks in the fourth. Whitewater put two runners aboard with two out, and Adamson drove Cortland State starter Miller from the game with a run-scoring single. Reliever Mattes, gave up a two-run single to Jeff Newcomer. The Warhawks then pulled off a double steal, as Aaron Soto scored while Newcomer stole second.

Cortland State's D'Auria launched a shot that bounced off the top of the left-field wall and over for a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

All-Tournament Team

MVP - Kevin Tomasiewicz, UW-Whitewater.

Catcher - Aaron Guilbault, UW-Whitewater; Mike Rucci, Rowan
First Base - Joel Reynolds, Wartburg; Jason Mooneyham, Chapman
Shortstop - Luke Ullman, Wooster
Outfield - Andy Mead, Cortland State
Designated Hitter - Eddie Adamson, UW-Whitewater, Pat D'Auria, Cortland State
Pitcher - Josh Schwartz, Rowan; Kevin Tomasiewicz, UW-Whitewater; Jim Dougher, Cortland State