COLLEGE REPORT: Capasso joins UW-Milwaukee's exclusive 200-hit club

2013-05-18T00:05:00Z 2013-12-09T19:15:18Z COLLEGE REPORT: Capasso joins UW-Milwaukee's exclusive 200-hit clubGERY WOELFEL gwoelfel@journaltimes.com Journal Times

The UW-Milwaukee baseball record book now includes Jonathan Capasso.

Capasso, a Horlick High School graduate, had his 200th hit in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the University of Minnesota May 8 at Minneapolis. The senior outfielder became just the ninth Milwaukee player to achieve the  milestone.

Capasso is closing out his final season with the Panthers batting .314 and his 44 hits are the third-most on the team.

Capasso is one of four Racine County players on the team. Michael Porcaro (Burlington), a sophomore second baseman, is the Panthers’ top hitter with a .362 batting average. He also has a team-leading 14 doubles, a team-high 39 RBIs and is the only Panther to start all 47 games.

Senior catcher Drew Pearson (Horlick) has appeared in 26 games, 12 as a starter, and is batting .258. Junior shortstop Tell Taylor (Burlington) has played in 14 games, nine as a starter, and is batting .184.

The Panthers (28-19) won the Horizon League regular-season championship with a 14-7 record.

* Ryan Ruediger (St. Catherine’s) has parlayed a junior college career at Milwaukee Area Technical College into an NCAA Division II scholarship with UW-Parkside.

Ruediger, a sophomore first baseman, had the fourth-highest batting average (.266) for MATC. Ruediger also tied for the team lead with 16 RBIs.

Ruediger also was pursued by St. Norbert College and Cardinal Stritch University, among other schools, before signing a national letter of intent with Parkside.

“I would anticipate him stepping in right away and contributing at Parkside,” MATC coach Frank Cimorelli said. “I don’t know what their roster looks like but because he’s so versatile — he can play first base or catch — they’ll be able to find a spot on the field for him.”

MATC (7-24-1) finished 4-8 in the North Chicago Community College Conference.

* Mikole Pierce has played an integral role in UW-Whitewater’s success this season.

Pierce, a sophomore infielder who played summer ball for the Racine Kiwanis, is the Warhawks’ second-leading hitter at .430. He leads the team with 44 RBIs and is tied for the team lead with four triples.

Pierce earned a berth on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.

Junior center fielder Dylan Friend (Burlington) was an honorable-mention selection and Warhawk John Vodenlich (Case) was chosen WIAC Coach of the Year.

Whitewater (33-5) had a 21-2 record in winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.

* Chad Langley (Horlick) couldn’t have had a much better season than he did for Marian  University. Langley, a junior first baseman, batted .408, which was the fifth-best in the Northern Athletics Conference. He was also second in the conference with 58 hits and first in fielding percentage with no errors in 324 attempts. He reached base in the last 24 games. Langley was chosen to the All-NAC first team.

* Luke Mason (St. Catherine’s) came up big for the South Suburban College Bulldogs in the first game of the NJCAA Division I regional tournament May 9 at Chicago. Mason, a sophomore, pitched a no-hitter as South Suburban beat Kishwaukee 16-0. South Suburban beat Triton College 21-12 in the regional championship and will now compete in the district tournament.

n Ben Korman (Waterford) and three of his cousins are playing college baseball in the state. Koman is a shortstop for UW-Parkside (.218 batting average in 27 starts); Josh Uhen (Oshkosh North) is a pitcher for UW-Milwaukee, who has a 0-0 record with a 2.81 earned run average; Nick Uhen (Catholic Central) is a catcher who is hitting. 250 for Ripon College; and B.J. Ritzman (Catholic Central) is playing club baseball at UW-Milwaukee.

Track and field

Several former Racine County standouts participated at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Outdoors Championships May 3-4 at UW-La Crosse.

UW-Oshkosh freshman Lee Robinson (Park) placed fourth in the triple jump at 48 feet, and UW-Oshkosh freshman Kevin Caufield (Burlington) was ninth in the decathlon, including a fourth-place finish in the pole vault at 13-7.

Freshman Bryce Rudebeck (Waterford) and sophomore Zak Fritz (Case) ran on UW-Whitewater’s second-place 1,600 relay, and junior Moriarity Brown-Griffin (Park) ran on Whitewater’s fourth-place 400 relay.

Senior Simone Koenen (Burlington) was a member of Whitewater’s fifth-place 1,600 relay.

Softball

A trio of players from Racine County who play for the Racine Belles summer league team had productive seasons.

* Sophomore Natalie Zanella (Union Grove) had an 18-2 record with a 1.40 earned run average for Aurora University and was chosen to the all-Northern Athletics Conference first-team.

* Sophomore Kara Vance (Park) started 12 games and finished with a 6-3 record and 3.16 ERA for Lawrence University. Vance also batted .280.

* Sophomore Korrine Peterson (Burlington) started 26 games for Ripon College, batting .238.

* Emma Wishau (Waterford) of UW-Eau Claire was chosen to the all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association first team. Wishau, a junior, had a 10-4 record with a 2.26 earned run average for the Blugolds, who finished 28-9 overall and 13-3 in the WIAC.

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