Plaza pitches UW-Whitewater to title

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The Warhawks raised their second national championship trophy on Tuesday, shutting out Emory in the process.
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By Erik Buchinger

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- Scott Plaza threw a complete game shutout as UW-Whitewater defeated Emory 7-0 in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division III World Series at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.

Plaza allowed seven hits, two walks, and recorded nine strikeouts on three days’ rest.

"When I was in the bullpen, everything was working and that’s when I knew it was going to be a good day,” Plaza said. “There was no way I was coming out of that game.”

Plaza gave up no runs in 16 innings in his two starts in the tournament and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the World Series.

Whitewater opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second after three consecutive singles with one out.

With the bases loaded, Adam Gregory hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Casey Power to give the Warhawks a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Hannon reached first after Power tried to apply a sweep tag, but dropped it and was ruled safe. Brett Lake then singled to left center and Hannon was thrown out at third to end the threat.

Whitewater extended its lead in the third on a single by Michael Gonzalez to center that scored Dylan Friend.

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