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UWW sweeps UWS; softball team hosts Bemidji State

UW-Whitewater completed a four-game sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball team with wins of 17-7 and 10-4 Monday afternoon at Ted Whereatt Field.

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UW-Whitewater completed a four-game sweep of the University of Wisconsin-Superior baseball team with wins of 17-7 and 10-4 Monday afternoon at Ted Whereatt Field.

Catcher Rob Coe was a combined 5-for-9 with three runs and three RBIs to lead the Warhawks, the second-ranked team in NCAA Division III. Center fielder Jordan Stine was also a combined 4-for-8 with two runs and five RBIs for Whitewater (33-4 overall, 21-3 WIAC), the three-time defending regular season conference champions.

Catcher Brett Olson had two hits and two RBIs to lead UWS in the opener, while senior third baseman Sean Cummings of Superior was 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI for the Yellowjackets (16-18 overall, 8-12 WIAC) in the rematch.

The Yellowjackets had their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday with losses of 11-3 and 10-2.

With the sweep, the Warharwks clinched their third consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title, their seventh in the last eight seasons and 13th in program history.

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In the first game, the Warhawks scored five runs in the top of the first on just two hits; two walks, two hit batters and an error.

Shaun Marshall had a two-run homer for the Yellowjackets.

In the second game, Mike LaBelle's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth provided the only scoring for UWS.

UWW owns a 21-3 record against conference foes, while UW-Stevens Point sits in second-place with a 13-7 mark.

UWS hosts UW-Platteville for doubleheaders at noon Saturday and Sunday.

'JACKET JOTTINGS: Whitewater will host the three-team, double-elimination WIAC Tournament as the event's top seed May 14-15. The winner of the conference tournament earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship.

Softball

UW-La Crosse earned its first WIAC regular-season softball title in school history with a 7-3 and 3-0 doubleheader sweep of UWS Saturday in La Crosse, extending the Eagles' winning streak to 16 games.

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First baseman Cara Salm was a combined 3-for-5 with three RBIs in leading La Crosse (30-6 overall, 14-0 WIAC), while Heather Schultz and Ashley Veroeven earned pitching victories.

Taylor VanDamme paced UWS with two hits in the opener, while catcher Jen Parchem had a three-run home run. Alexis Podpeskar added two hits and Lindsay Garay and Amanda LeBard had a hit each for the Yellowjackets.

In the second loss to La Crosse, Superior got two hits from Podpeskar and one each from Chelsey Jarzin and Britnee Blake.

The Lady Yellowjackets then split a doubleheader at UW-Platteville, winning 19-2 and losing 5-4.

The Pioneers' win was their first WIAC victory since the last day of the 2008 season.

Platteville's losing streak reached 31 in Sunday's first game.

In the opener, the Yellowjackets banged out 16 runs in the first two innings and cruised to the huge win.

Kalli Kucharyski and Blake both homered for UWS, while Chantal McReynolds went deep for the Pioneers.

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Ashlee Olson also went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, Kucharyski was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Parchem, Blake and Lindsay Garay had two hits apiece and Ashley Martin, VanDamme and Jarzin had a hit apiece.

In the second game, Kucharyski had a hit and knocked in three runs, Garay had two hits and an RBI, Martin had two hits and VanDamme and Olson had a hit apiece.

The Yellowjackets (25-9-1 overall, 9-7 WIAC) wrap up their regular season by hosting Bemidji State at noon Wednesday.

The WIAC Tournament is Friday and Saturday at UW-Oshkosh.

UWS opens against UW-Whitewater at noon on Friday at the Oshkosh Sports Complex on the campus of Oshkosh North High School.

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