Whitewater, Wis. - Teams always aim to be playing at their best during the postseason. UW-La Crosse appears to be doing that.
UWL knocked off top-seed and number-three in the nation UW-Whitewater 5-2 in the second round of the NCAA III Midwest Regional.
"Feels pretty good," said UWL centerfielder Joel Zyhowski. "Nothing better than playoff baseball and great competition here. Find ourselves playing our best baseball at the right time and it feels pretty good to be doing that right now."
The Eagles have now won 12 times over their past 15 games. They have now won 30 games in each of the past three seasons.
The Warhawks swept the four regular season games against the Eagles. They also won two of their three meetings last week at the WIAC Tournament.
So what went different this time around?
"We executed extremely well, we executed the plan," said head coach Chris Schwarz.
"What worked for me was my fastball location. Coach does a great job of pitch calling, has a great scouting report on every team we play. Just a lot of confidence," said starting pitcher Mason McMahon who pitched six innings and allowed two runs.
The Eagles improve their record to 11-1 over the past three seasons in NCAA Regional play. Schwarz and the Eagles are a pair of victories away from a third straight trip to the NCAA III Championships.
"There is so much energy coming out of our dugout and coming out of our players and the attitude that they have right now. It's going to be hard to stop these kids."