Evansville Breaks Open Tie Game With Big Fifth Inning
March 3, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Junior Ryan Solberg hit a home run to tie the game in the second, but the University of Evansville broke open a close contest with a four-run fifth inning Sunday at Braun Stadium. It tacked on from there, handing the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team a 13-1 defeat in the series opener.
The Panthers (2-6) left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two more runners on base against the Purple Aces (2-6) in the third, unable to take advantage of their early opportunities.
Kyle Freeland (2-1) pitched well for Evansville, striking out 10 batters in 7.0 innings. He scattered six hits, allowing the one run while walking just a pair.
Senior Cale Tassi (0-2) was just as effective for the first four innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth. He struck out five but also walked five in his 4.1 innings of work.'
"We had an opportunity early in the game to do some damage and we let him off the hook," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Against a pitcher of that quality, you better take advantage of your chances and we didn't. He was really sharp from the third inning on and we were non-competitive in every aspect today and that should never happen. The only bright spot is tomorrow is just around the corner."
The Panthers were in business in the first, loading the bases on a hit and two walks. But, a groundout to second ended the threat. After falling behind in the bottom of the first, Solberg made it a new game with one swing of the bat, blasting his first home run of the season to left field. En error and a single in the third had the beginnings of another rally, but a fly ball and pair of K's quickly squelched out that threat.
These two teams wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon.