Panthers Shutout Aggies To Record First Victory In 2013
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Mike Schneider threw eight scoreless innings, taking a no-hitter into the sixth, and senior Will Fadness hit a grand slam to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to an 11-0 victory over New Mexico State University Friday evening.
Schneider (1-0) struck out a career-high nine batters and walked just three, giving up three hits while never allowing a baserunner get to third in his outing. He took a no-hitter into the sixth before giving up a single with two outs in the frame.
"In game two, Mike was effectively wild early and then he got it rolling," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "He did a great job of fighting in some tough situations."
The Panthers (1-1) nearly had the sweep of the opening day doubleheader, but the Aggies (1-1) - who are receiving votes in the majority of the preseason polls - claimed victory in game one on a two-out walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th inning to win, 4-3.
In the nightcap, the Panthers held just a 2-0 lead until the eighth inning, with Fadness breaking the game open with his bases-loaded home run. That highlighted a three-hit, five-RBI day in which he also scored a pair of runs. Sophomore Michael Porcaro went 4-for-5 and scored three runs as part of the 17-hit barrage.
"It was great to see the offense dig in a little and come up big with runners in scoring position," Doffek said. "Fadness really carried us until the rest of the guys got it going. Paco (Porcaro) and Ghelfi really swung it well too. It was just a good win after an emotional loss on the road. It was a long day at the yard and now we need to go get some rest and come out with a lot of energy again tomorrow."
In the opener, the Panthers had the lead twice in the contest, ahead 2-1 in the top of the third and 3-2 in the top of the sixth before the Aggies tied the game on an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth.
The game was decided in the 10th. With two outs and nobody on base, a single to right field set the stage. After a walk, Michael Medina came up with the big hit, singling to right field to give the Aggies the walk-off victory.
"I thought we played hard both games, but we just beat ourselves in game one," Doffek said. "We killed some chances by making three outs on the bases and just could not come up with a two-out hit when we needed it. You can't walk as many as we did and expect to win. They did a fantastic job laying off some pitches to put us in trouble. We played exceptional defense in both games, but it really shined in game one."
Senior Jake Long (0-1) pitched well prior to that, allowing just an unearned run in 4.2 innings until that two-out safety in the 10th. He struck out two and walked five.
Senior Cale Tassi had a quality start in his season debut, pitching the first five complete innings. He gave up just a pair of earned runs, striking out four while allowing six hits. He minimized the damage after walking five batters by getting out of a couple of jams in his outing.
He stranded a pair of runners in the first after allowing a run and recorded a big strikeout just an inning later after runners were on second and third with two outs. He again left two on in the fifth, ending the New Mexico State rally with another punchout.
Down, 1-0, in the third, the Panthers took the 2-1 lead after loading the bases on a pair of singles and a hit batter. Junior Sam Koenig drove in the first run of the season with a walk and Fadness followed with a sacrifice fly to center to tack on another.
After New Mexico State tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee wasted little time in retaking the lead. It was the same combo again this time, with Koenig getting on base after being hit by a pitch and then coming all the way around to score on a Fadness double down the left field line.
The Panthers collected nine hits in the opener, led by Meeteer who went 2-for-5 with a stolen base. Seven other players collected one hit apiece.
The series wraps up with a doubleheader Saturday, set for a 3:05 p.m. CST first pitch.