Offense, Pitching Highlight No. 23 UW-Whitewater Sweep

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The No. 23 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater baseball team extended its winning streak to six games Monday afternoon with two victories over UW-Stout in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium.


The Warhawks (16-6 overall, 9-1 WIAC) mashed 33 hits in the two games combined, earning a 10-0 triumph in eight innings in the opener before posting a 19-0 win in the nightcap in seven innings. Both games were called due to run rule.


In Game 1, sophomore shortstop Nick Santoro, senior second baseman Nick Schrader and senior third baseman Cal Aldridge, the top three hitters in UW-Whitewater's lineup, combined for eight hits. All three tallied two runs scored and one run batted in.


Sophomore designated hitter Connor Moroder totaled two hits and two RBI, and senior catcher Mike Aiello, junior centerfielder Alex Doud, senior first baseman Connor Schneider and sophomore pinch hitter Cole Vento each knocked in one run.


Sophomore Westin Muir allowed only five hits and one walk to the Blue Devils (10-9, 5-7) over eight innings and struck out a career-high 15 batters, tied for the third-most in one game in program history.


Santoro led the game off with a home run, and the Warhawks cruised from there.


In the second game, UW-Whitewater scored in every inning and collected four home runs along the way.


Sophomores Connor Spear, Evan Sigmund and junior Keith Kutzler combined for a four-hit shutout. Spear (3-0) pitched the first five frames, surrendering only two hits while striking out four. Sigmund and Kutzler each tossed one scoreless relief inning.


Santoro finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Junior centerfielder Noah Jensen posted three hits, including a home run, and added three runs scored and five RBI.


Schrader registered two hits, including a solo home run, and Aldridge recorded two hits, including one home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Junior infielder Lucas Price plated two runs, while Moroder and Doud each knocked in a pair.


Aiello and freshman first baseman Taylor White plated one run apiece.


The Warhawks are scheduled to return to action Wednesday against Concordia Wisconsin. First pitch of the single game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Miller Stadium.