Errors Prove Costly As UWM Falls To Austin Peay, 3-1
March 9, 2007
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Robert Michalkiewicz threw a complete game and did not allow an earned run, but the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team could not come away with a victory, falling 3-1 to Austin Peay on Friday. The Panthers (0-7) out-hit the Governors (4-6) by a 10 to six count, but could not overcome a season-high six errors.
"That one really could have gone either way," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We had chances early in the game but couldn't execute at the plate or on the bases. The team is just playing really tight right now."
Michalkiewicz (0-2) was in command from start to finish, scattering six hits on the day. He walked just one batter and struck out four, but those six miscues by UWM led to all three runs coming across the plate as unearned. He allowed only one runner past second base in the first six innings before losing the shutout bid in the seventh.
"Robert threw just a phenomenal game today, he was outstanding," Doffek said. "It's a shame that we have to waste a pitching effort like that."
Milwaukee did have a good day offensively, but was stymied by the defense of its opponent as well. Two innings ended with runners being thrown out at the plate, with senior Ross McCoy getting gunned down in the third on sophomore Josh Groves fly ball and junior Grant Berkovitz getting tagged out at the dish on junior Jesse Hart's infield single to end the threat in the fifth.
"You have to give them credit," Doffek said. "Those were two bang-bang plays where they needed perfect throws and got them. Two feet either way in both of those situations and the runners would have been safe."
The Panthers staged a final rally in their half of the ninth, getting a base hit to open the inning off the bat of junior Nick Wichser. One out later, sophomore Shawn Wozniak doubled to put runners on second and third. After sophomore Dan Buchholz's sacrifice fly brought home a run, Shawn Kelly (2-2) finished his own complete game, inducing a fly ball to snuff the rally.
APSU broke a scoreless tie in the seventh, getting its leadoff batter on base on a UWM fielding error. After a ground ball, a single to center field scored the first run. Milwaukee was even more generous in the eighth, committing three more errors as Austin Peay plated two more runs on the strength of just one hit.
Hart and McCoy paved the way offensively with two hits each, as every one in the lineup had either a base hit or a run batted in.
These two teams continue their weekend series tomorrow, getting the single game underway with a noon start at Raymond Hand Park.