Senior righthander Eric Schmitz (Fond du Lac/Fond du Lac) went ten innings and Matt Beyer (Janesville/Parker) singled in the winning run in Whitewater's 2-1 win over Concordia University-Chicago Wednesday morning in the first game of the NCAA III Whitewater Regional at Prucha Field at Miller Stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Given the stalwart work by both teams' pitchers, it was notable even when someone got into scoring position. Concordia had men in scoring position in the second and third, but could not push across a run. The same for Whitewater in the bottom half of the third.
UW-W finally scratched out a run in the fourth. Jared Fon (Germantown) doubled with one out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cleanup hitter Mary Herum's ground out to short brought Fon home for a 1-0 lead.
The next opportunity came in Whitewater's half of the sixth, David Cladis (Joliet, IL/Joliet Catholic) led off with a walk, and moved to third on Matt Beyer (Janesville/Parker)'s single. Dylan Friend (Burlington/Burlington) followed with a bunt that Concordia pitcher Ryan Thorsen fielded and threw home to cut down Cladis and keep the score at 1-0.
In the top of the seventh catcher Nick Skala doubled to open the frame and moved to third on a ground out, and then scored on a ground out to tie the game 1-1.
Whitewater got a runner to second in the bottom of the seventh, and put a man on third in the eighth, and threatened again in the ninth with a man in scoring position, but Concordia reliever Tim Milroy closed the door both times.
Brandon Egnarski (Watertown/Watertown) singled to lead of the tenth for UW-W, and J.T. Schneider went in to pinch run. Cladis single through the left side to advance Schneider to second. Beyer followed with his game winning hit, a single through the left side of the infield.
Schmitz, 9-2, went all ten innings for Whitewater. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three. Thorsen went the first 6.1 for CU-C, with Milroy, 2-2, taking the loss. Beyer had two of the Warhawks' six hits, and shortstop Robert Weis had a pair of hits to lead Concordia hitters.
UW-W, 30-15, will play the winner of the Saint Thomas-Saint Norbert game (in progress) at 4:00 Thursday in the double elimination tournament.