Milwaukee Claims First Victory In Extra Innings
Feb. 27, 2005
CLARKSVILLE - Jed Dolske worked three hitless innings in relief and Mike Goetz scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee posted an 8-7 victory over Valparaiso University here Sunday (Feb. 27). Milwaukee won for the first time this season and finished the opening weekend of the season 1-2 while Valpo fell to 0-3 on the year.
Valpo grabbed an early lead in the top of the third inning thanks to three, two-out, unearned runs. After UWM starter Robert Michalkiewicz retired the first two batters Valpo scored three runs on three hits and a Panther error.
The Crusader lead didn't last long as Milwaukee stormed back to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the frame. Zak Rivera walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. Grant Berkovitz singled and Brooks Graff singled to score Rivera. Following another passed ball Matt Curran walked to load the bases. Berkovitz then scored on a wild pitch which led to a two-out, two-run double by Ross McCoy.
Valpo tied the game in the top of the fifth with a run on two hits but UWM went back ahead in the bottom half on Graff's first home run of the season. VU seemingly took control of the game in seventh and eighth innings when it scored three runs on five hits off of UWM reliever Rick Cavaiani.
Milwaukee went into the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 7-5 but quickly rallied to tie the game. McCoy singled with one out and later advanced to second base on a wild pitch. This set the stage for Jeremy Wilson who pounded a two-out, two-run home run to tie the game at seven. The home run was Wilson's second of the weekend, tops on the squad.
Dolske, who shut the door in the eighth, struck out four batters in the final three innings to keep VU scoreless through the 10th. Joe Nowicki led off the bottom of the inning and was then pinch run for by Goetz. The junior stole second base and, after a Ross McCoy walk, moved to third on a Charlie Reschke sacrifice bunt. After a Rivera walk Rob Brockel reached on an error by VU which allowed Goetz to score the game-winning run.
Dolske struck out four and walked just one in his three innings to move to 1-0 on the season. Michalkiewicz pitched well and allowed one earned run with five K's in his six-inning no decision. Graff went two-for-five with two RBI and two runs while McCoy went two-for-four with two RBI. Berkovitz notched three hits and a run scored in his first career start while Wilson drove in two runs with his long ball.
UWM returns to action next weekend with a three-game series at Arkansas State. Milwaukee and Arkansas State open the series with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday (Mar. 4).