UW-Whitewater baseball falls in opening game of D3 championship series

Wisconsin-Whitewater began the best-of-three Division 3 championship series with a 12-9 loss to Misericordia, Pa. on Tuesday in Eastlake, Ohio.

The opening game was moved up a day to avoid a bad weather forecast. Game 2 is Thursday, which will give both teams a chance to reset the pitching rotations. Tuesday's game featured 27 hits by the two teams.

Local players have provided plenty of heroics for UWW so far in the D3 World Series. Libertyville's Sam Paden hit a walk-off home run to eliminate Birmingham Southern on Sunday. Then the Warhawks (44-11) needed to beat Salve Regina of Rhode Island twice on Monday to win their side of the eight-team bracket.

Wheaton North's Aaron Holland hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning in the deciding game against Salve Regina, while Barrington's Logan Eisenbarth saved both ends of the doubleheader.

Whitewater's offensive leaders include junior outfielder Dan Scolan (Downers Grove South), who is hitting .400 on the season with a team-high 17 home runs and 72 RBI; and sophomore third baseman Danny Hopper (Palatine), hitting .383.

Yorkville's Michael Hilker Jr., is Whitewater's top pitcher, with a 1.66 ERA in 12 starts. Kaneland's Logan Kottmeyer and Glenbrook South's Sava Dupor pitched in relief during Tuesday's game.

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