Milwaukee Falls Just Short To No. 22 Cal Poly
March 3, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three pitchers combined to allow just one hit in four innings of work out of the bullpen for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team but it wasn't enough as they fell to No. 22 Cal Poly, 6-2, at Tony Gwynn Stadium Saturday.
After struggling early, Milwaukee's (3-7) bullpen pitched well and the Panthers drew within three runs twice, but Cal Poly's (8-3) offense was too much in each teams' third game of the Aztec Invitational.
"We came out a little flat today," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "Our pitching struggled to find the strike zone and we didn't adjust well in the box, offensively. You just can't do that against the No. 22 team in the country and our guys know that and it's just an opportunity to work and grow."
Down 4-0 in the fifth, Milwaukee finally broke through offensively. After loading the bases, freshman Luke Meeteer punched a sacrifice fly to center to score senior Phil Striggow and get the Panthers on the board.
Then, in the eighth, Meeteer led off with a triple to deep center and scored on freshman Michael Porcaro's fielder's choice to again draw within three but that was as close as UWM got the rest of the way.
The Panthers play their final game of the tournament Sunday at noon CST against the University of San Diego. The Toreros are 2-1 in the tournament and beat Cal State Northridge 13-3 on Saturday.