Panthers Unable To Hold On To Late Lead
March 2, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior Cale Tassi pitched 7.1 solid innings for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team but a late rally sent San Diego State University home with a come-from-behind, 7-4 victory in the second game of the Aztec Invitational at Tony Gwynn Stadium Friday.
Milwaukee (3-6) socked out seven hits, connected well on the ball all night and led 4-2 midway through the eighth inning, but a five-run bottom half of the frame by SDSU (5-6) gave the Aztecs the late lead.
"This is a tough one," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "We played really well, but we had a little bit of tough luck in the eighth. They had an infield chopper - the guy beats it out and unfortunately the floodgates just opened and we couldn't control the strike zone."
After allowing one run in each of the first two innings, Tassi really settled in, allowing just three hits and retired 12 in a row at one point. In fact, after giving up a well-placed single in the second inning, Tassi didn't allow another hit until the eighth.
Milwaukee's offense had arguably its best outing of the season, tallying seven hits and connecting well all night off hard-throwing Michael Cederoth.
"We hit the ball better than seven hits today," Doffek said. "Their (pitcher) was up to 95 miles per hour and I thought our at bats were very good today. That's the best we've looked, by far, with our at bats. They were very competent, competitive and they made sense. That's really, really encouraging."
UWM got on the board first in the fifth inning. Down 2-0, senior Phil Striggow pelted a one-out double down the right-field line to start things off. After a walk by Nick Lingvay, freshman Luke Meeteer singled to center to bring in Striggow.
The Panthers picked up right where they left off the next inning. Junior Will Fadness blasted a one-out double off the left-field wall to plate senior Paul Hoenecke all the way from first. Sophomore Sam Koenig followed that up with an RBI single to center to give UWM the lead.
Milwaukee added one more in the eighth when Koenig ripped one right at the shortstop, who couldn't make a play, plating Hoenecke to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead.
It's another quick turnaround for UWM as it takes on Cal Poly Saturday at 5 p.m. CST for the third of four games at the Aztec Invitational.