While participating in fall ball workouts prior to his first season for the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater Warhawks, Shortstop Mikole Pierce felt that dreadful pop in his right elbow that no baseball player likes to feel. He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He came to the Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin (OIW) and ultimately had this reconstructed by Dr. William Pennington at the Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH). He was able to get back and be a major contributor that year. While playing summer ball the following year, Mikole felt a pain in his other shoulder. This pain was followed by an inability to swing a bat. After being diagnosed with a posterior labral tear in his shoulder he once again returned to the operating room at MOSH where Dr. Pennington repaired his posterior labrum.
Despite these career threatening injuries, Pierce has been a mainstay in the starting lineup for UW-Whitewater in each of the last three seasons. He currently leads the team in runs (38), runs batted in (42), doubles (13), triples (3), home runs (8), total bases (96), walks (26), stolen bases (14) and slugging percentage (.706). A D3baseball.com Preseason All-American, Pierce is batting .390 for the year.
In 2014, Pierce was tabbed an All-American by both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association, D3baseball.com Midwest Region Player of the Year and WIAC Co-Position Player of the Year. He helped lead the Warhawks to the NCAA Division III national championship, ranking among national leaders in batting average (.435), hits (84), runs scored (62), RBIs (64) triples (8), homers (9) and total bases (136).
Pierce was a 2013 first team All-WIAC pick after hitting .391 with 16 doubles, six home runs and a team-best 48 RBIs.
When asked about his experience at OIW and MOSH Mikole stated:
"My experience with the Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin and Midwest Specialty Orthopedic Hospital was a great one. It's always a trying time when you are dealing with injuries that need surgeries to get fixed. Not only was I made comfortable with the procedures, but I was also beyond confident that Dr. Pennington was going to perform a successful surgery. It's a scary thought that you may never be able to perform at the level that you previously played at before the injury. The surgeries and rehab I was put through placed me in a position to get back to the level I was at and I continue to improve."