Panthers Split On First Day In Tennessee
March 8, 2014
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Sam Koenig had three hits and scored four times and junior Cody Peterson picked up his second straight victory as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team thumped Akron, 10-4, Saturday afternoon at Raymond Hand Park.
The Panthers (3-6) appeared to be on their way to a 2-0 day in their second game of the afternoon, but Austin Peay played spoiler and pulled off an improbable 5-4 walkoff victory.
In the opener against the Zips (5-6), the Panthers scored first but needed to overcome a quick deficit in scoring nine unanswered runs from the fourth through sixth innings.
After Koenig scored on a sac fly off the bat of sophomore Mitch Ghelfi, Akron responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second inning to jump right back ahead.
Peterson (2-0) kept the Zips off the scoreboard from there and let his offense do the talking in the middle of the contest.
In the fourth, junior Tyler Hermann got the rally started with a two-run single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch. It was three more runs on three hits in the fifth, with Koenig and Ghelfi adding RBI-singles and another run plating on a wild pitch.
It was more fun on offense in the sixth inning as well. Junior Mike Porcaro ripped a two-run double and Koenig added another RBI-single and the route was on.
Peterson ended up working into the seventh, going 6.2 innings in allowing two earned runs and adding three strikeouts. Junior Tell Taylor made a solid contribution on the mound, striking out three in 1.1 hitless frames.
Seniors Pat Wilson (2-for-4) and Ryan Solberg (2-for-4) and junior Ryan McShane (2-for-5) all added multi-hit contests.
In the second game of the day, the Panthers looked on their way to a comeback victory after scoring three times in the top of the eighth to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. But, the Governors (5-8) managed three runs in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the winning run on a single play that saw two errors get recorded by the UWM defense.
That spoiled a great pitching performance by sophomore Brian Keller, who ended with a no-decision. He worked 7.2 innings, striking out nine batters while allowing just two runs.
Down, 2-1, in the eighth, Milwaukee's rally was started by a walk to junior Luke Meeteer and a single by Porcaro. After a pair of strikeouts, Ghelfi delivered a double to right field that scored both runs and sophomore Nick Unes added what looked to be an insurance run with a single through the left side that plated Ghelfi and made it 4-2.
Porcaro led the offense with a 3-for-3 day. Ghelfi (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Unes (2-for-4) and Solberg (2-for-4) also chipped in.
Up next, it's right back to the same matchups for the Panthers, taking on Akron at 12 p.m. and APSU at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.