Milwaukee Drops Doubleheader At No. 6 Arizona State
Feb. 21, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University rode two strong starting pitching efforts to a sweep of a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium. The starters of the twinbill for the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (3-0) combined to go 12 innings (six each) and allowed just one earned run on four hits, while striking out 15 batters overall. The Panthers (0-3) fell, 13-5, in the opener and dropped the nightcap, 14-1, to close out the day.
Seth Blair pitched a gem in game two, throwing six shutout innings, fanning eight batters. ASU put five runs on the board in the second and led 10-0 before UWM got on the scoreboard.
Gerhartz, juniors Shaun Wegner and Dan Buchholz and sophomore Cole Kraft all added base hits in the game. The Sun Devils collected 13 hits off six Panther pitchers, with Jason Kipnis going 3-for-6 with three runs scored. Sophomore Cuyler Franzke (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs in 3.1 innings, striking out three.
Milwaukee took an early lead in game one, scoring a run in its half of the first on a single off the bat of senior Ben Long, scoring Kraft who had been hit by a pitch.
The lead was short-lived, however, as ASU struck for three in the bottom of the frame, with the big hit coming in the form of a two-run home run by Kole Calhoun.
Mike Leake (1-0), the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Second Team All-America in 2008, started on the mound and earned the victory, going six innings and allowing two hits and one run with seven strikeouts.
The Sun Devils would add to their run total on the strength of five home runs and the Panthers would add four more runs - scoring twice in the seventh and ninth innings.
Senior Johann Andes had a sacrifice fly to drive in one and junior Tim Patzman scored on an error. In the ninth, UWM would score with a little help on miscues again, as Patzman doubled and came around on one and Andes was plated on another.
Patzman led the way at the plate with a 2-for-4 day, with Long and Wozniak accounting for the other hits. ASU was led by three hits each from Carlos Ramirez and Kipnis.
Senior Andy Hetebrueg (0-1) took the loss in his four-inning stint. Buchholz made his first-ever appearance on the mound, striking out three in 3.0 innings.
The two teams wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m. CST.