UWM Baseball Earns Big Victory In Series Finale
Feb. 20, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman Ryan Solberg hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to stake the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 9-0 lead over the University of Tennessee, as the offense led the way in a 9-6 victory Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Panthers (1-2) plated a run in the first inning, four in the third and three more in the fifth against the Volunteers (2-1) and held on from there for the first win of the 2011 campaign.
"Our offense jumped out early and really took advantage of our opportunities with runners in scoring position," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We really gathered the momentum early in the game and held on. Jordan (Guth) did a nice job of pounding the strike zone early and gave our bats the chance to get going."
The Panthers scored right away in the first on an RBI-single from senior Cole Kraft and had two on with no outs but failed to capitalize.
That was not the case in the third, plating four runs on five hits to extend the lead to 5-0. Kraft started the rally with a two-run double before seniors Sam Sivilotti and Doug Dekoning each added RBI-singles.
Milwaukee would tack on a run in the fourth on an RBI-double from junior Paul Hoenecke before Solberg's blast down the left field line made it 9-0 at the time.
Solberg ended the day 2-for-5 with three RBI, Kraft had two hits and drove in three, while freshman Sam Koenig went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Dekoning and Hoenecke both recorded their third-consecutive multi-hit outing.
"We had three freshmen and two sophomores - including the pitcher - in the starting lineup," Doffek said. "That is pretty encouraging. The young guys really dealt with a lot of adversity out there today and pulled through. This is a big win; hopefully it is something that we can build off."
The Vols didn't go quietly, getting back in it with four runs in their half of the fifth. Junior Greg Blohowiak (1-0) threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, working around a couple of hits and hit batters. Tennessee plated a couple more in the eighth before senior Cuyler Franzke came on to record the save, retiring four of the five batters he faced.
Milwaukee continues its early season road trip with a journey to Clarksville, Tenn., for a four-game set at the Austin Peay Classic. There, the Panthers will play the host Governors and Illinois State on Saturday and again for a pair of games on Sunday.