Seventh-Inning Rally By Austin Peay Edges Milwaukee, 5-4
March 10, 2007
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team jumped out to an early lead on Saturday, but could not overcome a four-run seventh inning in falling to Austin Peay, 5-4. The Panthers (0-8) led 4-0 in the fifth inning but could not hold on, losing to the Governors (5-6) for the eighth-straight time in the series.
"We just couldn't come up with a timely hit early to put them away today," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Once again, our starting pitcher did a really good job and we played better defense, but we couldn't put them away and that came back to haunt us."
Things looked good for Milwaukee to claim its first win of the season until the seventh inning. Senior Mike Rauwerdink was cruising along, allowing just one hit through the first four innings and not allowing a runner past second base until the fifth. He lost his shutout bid in the sixth, when APSU plated its first run on two hits and a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 at the time.
As stated, the game was decided in the seventh. A leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and then hit batter put two runners on with one out. A single scored the first run, followed by a passed ball to make it 4-3. Ryan Gilboy then singled to extend the rally and came around to score on Tyler Farrar's triple. Will Hogue added the game-winner next, sending a double to right that plated Farrar and gave APSU the lead.
The Panthers offense was silenced late in the game to prevent a possible comeback. After eight hits in the first five innings, UWM managed just one hit from the sixth inning on, with the last eight batters of the game being set down in order.
Milwaukee got on the board first in the top of the third inning. After sophomore Dan Buchholz singled to lead off the inning, sophomore Tim Patzman sent his first home run of the season over the right field wall to put UWM out in front, 2-0.
The team would add to the lead in the fifth inning on a run-scoring double off the bat of sophomore Andy Hetebrueg and then made it 4-0 when junior Nick Wichser scored on a passed ball later in the frame.
Rauwerdink went 6.2 innings on the day, allowing all five runs while striking out three. Sophomore Tim Hoy pitched the final 1.1 innings, retiring the final four batters in order.
At the plate, eight players had at least one hit, with Wichser leading the way with a 2-for-3 outing. Austin Peay also held junior Jesse Hart without a hit for the first time this season, ending his hitting streak - which dated back to last year - at 14 games. After six miscues Friday, the team did not make an error for the first game since the season opener.
UWM and APSU will play the final contest in this three-game series on Sunday, scheduled for a noon start at Raymond Hand Park.