La Crosse, WIS (UWW Media Relations) ----- In light rain and moderate temperatures, the Warhawk baseball team topped UW-La Crosse 5-1 and 11-3 in Saturday's doubleheader at Copeland Park in La Crosse.
The Warhawks are 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
UW-L falls to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the WIAC.Kyle Haen scored the only run of the game in the top of the third of game one until Dylan Friend jacked a three-run homerun in the eighth to give UW-W a 4-0 lead.
Mikole Pierce followed with a solo blast to give UW-W a five run advantage.Brock Liston was in the groove for UW-W cruising through the first seven innings scattering just four hits and striking out five.
He hit a little hiccup in the eighth when he hit Taylor Kohlwey with a pitch. Kohlwey advanced to second on a single, and then stole third and scored on a throwing error. The unearned run was the only UW-L run of the game. Liston was pulled before finishing the game and is now 5-0 with a 1.23 ERA.
Batters one through five accounted for seven of the Warhawks' nine hits in game one. Friend and Pierce were responsible for driving in all five runs.UW-W again drew first blood in the top of the third inning in game two.
The Warhawks went up 2-0 when Jared Fon scored on a balk and later in the inning Pierce drove in Friend.The Eagles made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth but UW-W extended their lead to 3-1 after five and 9-2 after six. Friend hit another three-run homer, this time in the sixth inning, his fifth homer of the season.
UW-L scored one in the bottom of the seventh but UW-W first baseman Casey Power drove in two in the ninth to make the final 11-3. Friend was 5-for-9 on the day with four runs scored, six RBIs and two homeruns.
Curtis Morgan earned the win in game two to improve to 4-0. He tossed seven innings, scattering eleven hits and three runs while striking out five. Donnie Manke pitched a perfect eighth and Matt Langlie finished the game in the ninth. The UW-W defense aided the pitching by playing error free in game two.The two teams will face-off again on Sunday at noon at Copeland Park in La Crosse.