Panthers Hold On For 10-7 Victory Over UALR
March 9, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Cale Tassi allowed just one earned run in 7.0 innings and struck out nine and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team held on late to earn a hard-fought 10-7 victory over the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Saturday afternoon in the APSU Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond Hand Park.
The Panthers (4-8) built a lead of 8-3 in the top of the eighth before the Trojans (9-6) rallied. Senior Alex Erdmann came on in the ninth inning with the tying run at the plate to earn the save and close out the victory for Milwaukee.
"Baseball is a crazy game," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Yesterday we played really well and lost and today we did not play as well as we could have and won. The real positive though was Cale Tassi. He was sharp today and it was great to see him get into a good rhythm. We did a nice job of making them make pitches and came up with some big two-out hits. We just need to find our focus in all aspects as we move towards conference play."
Sophomore Luke Meeteer went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs and freshman Mitch Ghelfi was 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs. Sophomore Derek Peake added two hits and drove in three. Tassi (1-2) gave up just five hits in his outing, walking two to go with his nine punchouts.
The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning on an RBI-single by senior Jonathan Capasso. UALR quickly tied it, but UWM went ahead by two in the second on a single by Meeteer and a sac fly from sophomore Michael Porcaro.
They tacked on from there, scoring another in the third and two more in the sixth inning on Peake's two-out, two-run single to make it 6-2 on the scoreboard. The Trojans made a dent in the deficit in the eighth, plating three runs after they were helped along by a pair of errors.
Freshman Nick Unes came through with a key two-out single in the ninth that added a pair of insurance runs.
Up 10-6 in the ninth, UWM allowed one run before UALR eventually loaded the bases with just one out. Erdmann then induced an infield pop up for out number two and a fly out to left to close it out.
The Panthers will wrap up the weekend with an 11 a.m. start Sunday, taking on Creighton University.