De Pere native Mikole Pierce had two hits and four rbi’s to lead UW-Whitewater to an 8-1 win over Southern Maine on Day 1 of the NCAA Division III College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Warhawks (41-7) will play at 7:45 tonight against SUNY Cortland (36-8) in a rematch of the 2005 championship game. The Warhawks won that game for their only D-3 Baseball Championship.
Whitewater starter Scott Plaza held Southern Maine to three hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out five.
Elsewhere on day 1 at Fox Cities Stadium on Friday, St. Thomas starter Eric Veglahn, a sophomore left-hander, retired the first 21 batters he faced. Veglahn (9-0, 1.55) lost a perfect game with nobody out in the eighth on a bloop single to left. He settled for a complete game 2-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Linfield is the defending NCAA Champion.
Day 1 Scoreboard
St. Thomas 10, Linfield 0
Baldwin Wallace 5, Emory 4
SUNY Cortland 4, Salisbury 3
UW-Whitewater 8, Southern Maine 1
10am Linfield (37-8) vs. Emory (34-12)
1:15pm Southern Maine (35-14) vs. Salisburgy (37-8)
4:30pm St. Thomas (38-7) vs. Baldwin Wallace (30-18)
7:45pm SUNY Cortland (36-8) vs. UW-Whitewater (41-7)