Milwaukee Splits Doubleheader At Evansville
March 4, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Junior Mike Schneider did not allow an earned run in 7.2 innings of work and sophomore Michael Porcaro drove in three runs - including the eventual game-winner - as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team defeated the University of Evansville, 5-4, in game one of a doubleheader Monday at Braun Stadium.
The Panthers (3-7) ended up settling for a split in the twinbill after the Purple Aces (3-7) went on to a 7-3 victory in game two.
Schneider (2-1) struck out five and walked three in the opener, getting out of a key bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth inning by striking out back-to-back batters. He was relieved after a bases-empty, two-out walk in the eighth, only to see a pair of Panther errors allow all four Purple Aces runs score in the frame come in as unearned.
Sophomore Joshua Uhen came on for his first collegiate save in the ninth, working around a two-out walk and steal to strand the tying run at second base.
The Panthers struck early, plating a pair in the second on a two-out, two-run single by Porcaro. It stayed that way until the seventh, with UWM making it 3-0 at the time on an RBI-single from senior Will Fadness.
The offense tacked on an inning later, adding a pair or insurance runs that proved crucial. First and third after a double by freshman Mitch Ghelfi, a sac bunt and a walk, junior Tell Taylor drove in the first run with a sac fly to right. Porcaro came up clutch again, sending a 3-1 pitch through the left side to make it 5-0 at the time.
Milwaukee recorded nine hits, led by led by a 3-for-4 day by sophomore Derek Peake. Porcaro had two hits and drove in three and Fadness finished 3-for-5 with the RBI.
The Panthers scored in the first inning of the nightcap, with Fadness driving in Porcaro with a single. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Purple Aces put up two in the first and four more in the second, helped along by four walks, two hit batters and a pair of wild pitches.
The UWM offense ended up with 10 hits, but could never really string anything together. Senior Jonathan Capasso (2-for-4), senior Alex Erdmann (2-for-4) and Fadness (2-for-5) all had multi-hit efforts for the Panthers.
Milwaukee continues its early season road trip swing a trip to Tennessee for the APSU Riverview Inn Classic later this week. There they will play the host Austin Peay Friday, UALR Saturday and Creighton Sunday.