Banwart (10-5) dominated the
Krol, who entered with two outs in the eighth inning, struck out all four UA batters he faced to seal WSU’s first-ever trip to a super regional and record his 12 save of the year.
Offensively, the Shockers exploded for all three runs in the fifth inning, with Tyler Weber snapping a scoreless tie with a solo home run to lead off the frame and regional MVP Derek Schermerhorn adding a RBI single.
The Wildcats, who will return the majority of their club next season, got a fine pitching performance out of three sophomores and a freshman. Sophs Mike Colla, Preston Guilmet and Ryan Perry struck out 10 batters over the first eight innings, while frosh sensation Jason Stoffel capped off an impressive initial postseason with two strikeouts in the ninth. In three regional appearances, the right-hander retired 11 of the 16 hitters he faced via the strikeout, walked none and surrendered just a lonely single.
Colla (3-3) was charged with the loss despite allowing just three runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked none in his start of the year.
Bill Rhinehart and Jason Stoffel were both named to the all-regional team.