Titans split series with Warhawks

Nate Proell

The UW Oshkosh baseball team improved its record to 13-15-1 after splitting a four game series with UW-Whitewater on April 23 and 24 and a win on April 26 against Concordia University. On April 23 the Titans started a four game weekend series that ended in two wins and two losses. The Warhawks are 2nd in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a conference record of 8-4 and an overall record of 20-6. Pitcher Jesse Sustachek said the Warhawks are one of the best teams in the nation and the team is pleased with being able to compete with such a quality opponent. “We’re all feeling really good with how we played 3 out of 4 games,” Sustachek said. “Once again we found out that we can play with the best teams and that raises our confidence a lot.” The Titans lost game one by a score of 7-1. The game featured a double by catcher Taylor Grimm and a solo homerun from second baseman Noah Polcyn, which came in the third frame and was the Titans only score of the game. In game two the Titans won by a score of 8-4 in a game that featured doubles from outfielder Robbie Kleman and third baseman Tyler Kozlowski. At the end of the fifth inning the Warhawks led 2-1. The Titans took the lead in the sixth frame after scoring four runs. First baseman Andy Brahier had an RBI and Kleman had a double which brought in two runs. The Titans scored two more runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to bring the final score to 8-4. On April 24 the Titans again split the double header with the Warhawks. In game one on Sunday the Titans won by a score of 9-4. At the end of the fifth inning the Warhawks had the lead 4-0. It wasn’t until the sixth frame when the Titans started scoring and kept Whitewater from getting on the board for the rest of the game. A three run homer from Kleman in the sixth frame brought the score to 4-3. In the next inning a triple from outfielder Trent Whitcomb brought in three runs to make the score 4-6. In the ninth frame two RBI’s from Whitcomb and outfielder Johnny Eagan brought in two more runs. It was later in the inning that Eagan scored on a passed ball that brought the final score to 9-4. The second game on Sunday was the lowest scoring game of the weekend as Whitewater won 1-0. The only score of the game came from an RBI double by Warhawks designated hitter Steve Chamberlain in the first inning. Despite being pleased wit.h being able to win two games against the nationally ranked Warhawks, Grimm said the team is almost at that level and needs to learn to bring in runs when it really counts. “It’s coming up with that one big play each game,” Grimm said. Head coach Kevin Tomasiewicz said he is feeling much better about this weekend after a tough weekend before in La Crosse where the Titans lost all four of their games. “I feel pretty good about it, especially after our weekend in La Crosse,” Tomasiewicz said. “I thought we came back and played pretty well against a pretty good Whitewater team.” On April 26, the Titans beat Concordia by a score of 2-1. The Titans’ two scores came in the second and third innings. In the second inning Kleman hit a solo homerun and in the third, an RBI from shortstop Sam Schwenn gave the Titans a final score of 2-1. The Titans have a four game series against UW-Stevens Point, who is 16-14 overall and third in the WIAC with a conference record of 7-5, on April 30 through May 1.