Late Rally Falls Short Against No. 22 East Carolina In Opener
Feb. 17, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but could not find a way to continue the late rally in falling, 4-0, to East Carolina University Friday at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Panthers (0-1) loaded the bases in their final at bat, but the Pirates (1-0) brought on their closer to record the final out and save the victory for ECU in the season opener for both teams.
Kevin Brandt (1-0) pitched well for No. 22 East Carolina, striking out nine and walking one in 6.2 innings of work.
"You have to give their pitcher a ton of credit," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "He did a phenomenal job of working both sides of the plate and controlling the tempo and we were not able to make an adjustment."
Milwaukee continued to battle and started the final rally on a single by senior Paul Hoenecke. Junior Will Fadness was hit by a pitch and, with two outs, junior Nick Lingvay walked to load the bases before a strikeout ended the contest.
Junior Eric Semmelhack (0-1) took the loss, but allowed just two earned runs in his 5.0 innings of work. After giving up a home run on the first pitch of the game, he settled down and pitched shutout baseball from the second through fourth before errors hurt his cause in the fifth. He walked four and struck out four in the start.
"I think Eric did a nice job of keeping us in that ballgame," Doffek said. "They had a couple of swinging bunts and really, if we turn a routine double-play ball, it's a 1-0 game in the seventh. He did a great job of minimalizing the damage and giving us an opportunity to win the game. We just weren't able to string enough hits together."
Still just a 1-0 game in the last of the fifth, Semmelhack would have been out of the frame but an error opened up a two-run inning and opened up the game.
In addition to Hoenecke's single, Lingvay, sophomore Sam Koenig and senior Jim Lundstrom picked up hits for the Panthers. Senior Greg Blohowiak pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in relief, with junior Alex Erdmann also throwing a scoreless frame in his UWM pitching debut.
Due to the forecast for Sunday, the two teams will now wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. CST.