Baseball Registers First Win Of The Season Over Omaha
Feb. 21, 2014
Port Charlotte, Fla. - Cody Peterson recorded his first win as a Panther in the first game of the day at the Snowbird Classic as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team knocked off the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 5-4, before falling to Ball State, 3-1, in second game of the day.
"We had good pitching in both games today," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "Cody gave us a real good start. He just ran into a situation where they were able to get multiple hits in a row in the fifth inning. He was cruising; he actually had a perfect game going there, but he just left a couple balls up and they found some holes and strung some hits and put up those four runs. But we came right back; Pat Wilson had that three-run homerun to give us the lead. I think that was our only two-out hit of the day and that might have been the difference."
Peterson started the game lights out for UWM. The junior transfer had a perfect game through the first four innings, striking out five of the first of the first 10 batters he faced.
Omaha got things going first though, registering four runs on five hits in the top half of the fifth inning, all singles and doubles and all with one out. Peterson was able to battle through though, getting out of the jam with back-to-back fly outs to end the threat.
Milwaukee answered right back in the bottom half of the fifth. With one out, the Panthers hammered out four-straight hits to make it 4-2. After out number two, Pat Wilson stepped the plate and blasted the first pitch he saw over the right field fence to bring home Derek Peake and Luke Meeteer and give UWM a 5-4 lead.
"(Scoring in the fifth) was huge for us," Doffek said. "I think that's the mark of a good team. When you give up some runs, do you have the character to come back and fight or do you feel a little bit sorry for yourself and they didn't in that situation. He (Omaha's pitcher) left the ball up and Pat put a good swing on it."
From there, Jake Tuttle came in and slammed the door shut for Milwaukee. The sophomore took over in the sixth inning and gave up just two hits, striking out one and walking one for his first save of the year.
"Cody had a good mix of pitches," Doffek said. "He was working both sides of the plate and used his changeup really well. And then Tuttle came in with a one-run lead in the sixth and really pounded the bottom half of the strike zone and worked ahead in the count. When he does that, the results are going to be good. That was a really good victory for us."
The second game of the day proved to be a real pitchers dual. Milwaukee put sophomore Brian Keller on the mound against the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year Scott Baker.
"(Assistant coach) Cory (Bigler) did a great job again using a pretty good three-pitch mix," Doffek said. "They ended up getting the first run on a bad-hop single and then they hit two solo homeruns through the course of the game. Their kid gets a lot of credit and he did a good job of staying out of the middle part of the plate, but we did not do a great job of making the adjustment and using the right side of the field and he exposed it."
BSU got on the board first when Caleb Stayton hit a chopper to the first base side that took an uncharacteristic hop through the hole to score Sean Kennedy from second, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead midway through the second inning.
Peake brought the game level at 1-1 when he rocketed a double into right field to drive home Tyler Hermann from second.
After a scoreless fourth, Stayton took advantage of the strong winds blowing out by blasting his first homer of the year, giving the Cardinals the 2-1 lead in the top half of the fifth. Brandon Estep followed that up with his third homer of the year, a shot down the left field line in the top half of the sixth to make it 3-1.
The Panthers just were unable make the comeback against Baker, who was 12-2 last year and was an ABCA Third-Team All-American.
UWM returns to the field tomorrow for their third game of their busy weekend at the Snowbird Classic, taking on Kansas at 9:30 a.m. CST.