Panthers Hammer St. Bonaventure, 14-3
Feb. 23, 2014
Port Charlotte, Fla. - Sam Koenig had a four-hit day to help lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 14-3 pounding over St. Bonaventure in their fourth game in three days at the Snowbird Classic Sunday.
The 14 runs are a season-high for the Panthers (2-5).
St. Bonaventure (0-2) actually had as many hits as Milwaukee (13), but the Panther pitching limited the damage with runners on.
"It was a pretty good team effort," head coach Scott Doffek said. "Gunnar gave us a good start and then each pitcher that came in behind him did a good job of limiting. They (St. Bonaventure) had a lot of base hits (13), and to only score three runs is a really good job by our team just minimizing and keeping momentum in our dugout and letting our hitters go to work."
The Panthers jumped on the board right out of the gates. With one down, Porcaro ripped a double into left center. Koenig followed that up with a double of his own through the left side, scoring Porcaro from second.
SBU was able to answer back in the bottom half of the frame, plating two to take a 2-1 lead that stood until the fourth.
From there it was all UWM.
Milwaukee batted around in the top half of the fourth to break open the scoring. With two down and the bases loaded, Porcaro lined a double through the left side to bring home Mitch Ghelfi and Ryan Solberg to give the Panthers the lead. Wilson followed that up with a two-out double of his own, bringing home McShane and Porcaro to quickly make it 5-2 Milwaukee.
Following a pair of scoreless frames, the UWM offense was at it again in the seventh. After Koenig and Nick Unes both came across on wild pitches, Hammer singled to right center to bring home Ghelfi and make it 8-2. McShane then single in home Hammer and Porcaro drove in his third run of the day on a sacrifice fly to right field, driving in Solberg to give Milwaukee a 10-2 lead after six and one half innings.
The Bonnies got one back in the bottom half of the seventh but Milwaukee stretched the lead again top of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Dan Barwick drew a walk to bring home Koenig. McShane then singled to center, scoring Hammer and ballooning the score to 12-2.
Lost in the offensive barrage was Milwaukee's pitching and defensive work on the day. Gunnar Eastman went five strong innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just two earned runs. Adam Reuss struck out the first two batters he faced in two innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits. Cal Haley struck out two, pitching a scoreless eighth and Justin Langley closed it out, fanning the last batter of the game.
"(Getting people into the game) is where we're at the first month here, especially with this team. We have a lot of new guys, and trying to figure out the dynamic of a team is a little bit tricky," Doffek said. "With this group, it was a perfect day. It was exactly what we needed. We got a lot of people involved and now we just hope for a safe trip home."
Milwaukee returns to the road next weekend, heading Manhattan, Kan. for a three-game set with Kansas State. Game one is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.