Panthers Get More Strong Pitching, Split Series At Minnesota
Feb. 26, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the seventh inning en route to a 6-1 victory over the University of Minnesota Sunday afternoon at the Metrodome.
The Panthers (2-5) received another strong performance on the mound to earn the split in the four-game weekend series against the Gophers (3-4).
"It was just another fantastic job by the pitching staff," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "For Justin (Jaquish) to give us that kind of effort in his first college game was impressive. In the batter's box it was still a bit of a struggle, but where we were better was getting production out of our outs. To me, the best part of the weekend was the way we came out after losing those first two games when we felt like we should have had those victories. It shows the mentality that we are talking about every day - stay in the present and win the next pitch."
Freshman Justin Jaquish made his first collegiate start a memorable one, pitching into the sixth inning in allowing just one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked one. After allowing a run in the first, he struck out the side in the second and retired eight in a row and 12 of 14 from the second through fifth innings.
The bullpen did the rest. Junior Alex Erdmann retired both batters he faced in the sixth with the tying run on base. Senior Greg Blohowiak pitched 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out a pair and junior Jordan Guth pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and also striking out one.
"You have to give our bullpen a lot of credit as well - Erdmann came in and put up a huge zero in the sixth when the game could go either way," Doffek said. "Handed the ball to `Bloh' and he threw his best two innings so far and Guth was good again in the ninth. We have a big challenge ahead as we go to California, but another great opportunity to improve."
It stayed that way until the seventh, when UWM pulled off the rare feat of scoring three runs without the help of any hits. Two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases for Fadness, who promptly worked another base on balls to force in a run on four straight pitches.
Hoenecke then scored on a passed ball and an intentional walk reloaded the bases to set up a double play. Senior Mark Strey added a sac fly to round out the three-run rally.
The Panthers would tack on a run in each of the next two innings. Hoenecke had a sac fly of his own in the eighth and, in the ninth, freshman Mitch Ghelfi singled and came around to score on a Strey groundout in an at bat that came with his older brother Drew Ghelfi, who is in his first season at Minnesota, on the mound.
Hoenecke ended the day 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored as the only UWM player with more than one hit. Dan Olinger was 2-for-3 to lead the Gophers and also had their only RBI.
Up next, Milwaukee stays on the road and heads to the Aztec Invitational on the campus of San Diego State March 1-4. It will play four different teams over the course of four days, opening against San Francisco March 1.