Capasso Caps Trilling Comeback For Milwaukee
March 1, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior Jonathan Capasso hit a walk-off three-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a five-run rally in a thrilling 6-5 win for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team over the University of San Francisco at game one of the Aztec Invitational at Tony Gwynn Stadium Thursday.
The Panthers rallied in the bottom of the ninth, scoring one run and loading the bases before Capasso lined a 1-0 pitch off the right field wall to give UWM its third-straight win.
"We just really scrapped at the end," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "We had a pinch hit, a couple of walks, they made an error and Capasso again comes up with the big two-out hit."
Entering the ninth down 5-1, UWM (3-5) started to rally with junior Drew Pearson and senior Phil Striggow on first and second. Junior Alex Erdmann had a pinch-hit single to center, scoring Pearson to start the scoring off. Seniors Mark Strey and Jim Lundstrom both walked to bring in another run and give Capasso a chance at the plate.
The Dons (5-4) brought closer Elliott Waterman in but Capasso rocketed just the second pitch he saw well over the right fielder's head to clear the bases.
He again came through with the game-winner, marking twice in the past three games he has been the hero after tripling in the winning runs in the 10th against Minnesota Saturday.
Milwaukee's comeback was made possible by a tremendous effort on the mound by Eric Semmelhack. The junior scattered five hits and two walks and limited USF's offense to just one run before leaving after six solid innings.
"Semmelhack was outstanding again," Doffek said. "That might have been the best stuff he's had all year. He really gave us the opportunity to win the game."
Milwaukee got on the board right out of the gates. Lundstrom reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored after senior Paul Hoenecke sent a slicing shot down the line, giving UWM a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers led until back-to-back doubles by the Dons in the fourth tied things up at one apiece, but Milwaukee's defense buckled down and put an end to San Francisco's rally.
Pitcher Jake Long picked up the victory for Milwaukee after throwing the final two innings.
UWM gets right back at it, playing host San Diego State Friday night at 9 p.m. CST.