Jo Jablonski hits two home runs as Wisconsin-Whitewater beats ETBU
TYLER, Texas -- Jo Jablonski blasted two home runs as right-hander Bekka Houda threw a gem to lead Wisconsin-Whitewater to a 5-0 win against East Texas Baptist in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The Warhawks advance to face Tufts on Sunday.
Houda shut out the Tigers for the first time since March 7. She scattered five hits in the complete-game win to improve to 17-6 on the mound this season.
|DIII SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP|
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|Game 17: Tufts captures national championship crown|
|Game 16: Tufts forces decisive third game|
|Game 15: Salisbury takes first game from Tufts|
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|Game 12: Tufts blanks Wis.-Whitewater to advance|
|Game 11: Salisbury reaches championship series|
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|Game 10: UW-Whitewater beats East Texas Baptist|
|Game 9: St. Thomas (Minn.) wins another elimination game|
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|Game 8: Tufts defeats Montclair State 5-2|
|Game 7: Salisbury blanks Wisconsin-Whitewater|
|Game 6: ETBU unleashes 11 runs|
|Game 5: St. Thomas (Minn.) slams Rochester (N.Y.)|
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|Game 4: Montclair State edges Trine|
|Game 3: Tufts knocks off East Texas Baptist|
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Whitewater kept the bats going in the bottom of the third with a Mimi Ramirez one-out single up the middle. Staying true to what the Warhawks have done all season, Morgan Krisch singled to third base with two outs to keep the inning alive. Amy Ricci walked to load the bases and Evangelista worked the count and recorded arguably the best at-bat of the game. After 13 pitches, Evangelista watched as the pitch came in, a curve ball that floated outside the perimeter of the plate, as ball four was called and Ramirez trotted in from home to make the score 3-0.
Back to the long ball in the bottom of the fourth. Jablonski led off with her second round-tripper of the game and ninth of the season with a shot down the left-field line. Samie Seamon followed suit after one out, tagging her 11th home run of the season on a blast down the left-field line to give the Warhawks the 5-0 lead.
Houda allowed just one base runner in the next two innings to keep the lead at 5-0. ETBU put two runners on in the top of the seventh but the UW-W defense held and secured the win.
Jablonski led UW-W at the plate going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Seamon also went 2-for-3 in the batter's box with a run scored and an RBI.