Seventh-Inning Uprising Sends Bluejays Past Panthers
March 10, 2013
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team saw a 5-4 seventh-inning lead disappear after Creighton University used an eight-run rally to power its way to a 14-6 victory Sunday afternoon in the APSU Riverview Inn Classic at Raymond Hand Park.
"We had a lead against a very good opponent with seven outs to go and completely imploded," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "With exception of Friday, almost every loss we have had this year, we have beaten ourselves. That was certainly the case today."
The Panthers (4-9) led on a pair of occasions, but could not find a way out of the decisive frame against the Bluejays (6-3), who did all of their damage after having two outs and just one runner on base. They also took advantage of 11 walks and a trio of wild pitches on the day.
"This is a young team and there are some growing pains to be expected, but it should never shake your confidence or focus," Doffek said. "This is not the way we wanted to head into to conference play, but the benchmark of this program over the years is about mental toughness and fight. We will respond ... we have to."
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first and plated another in the third that tied the game at 2-2. After Creighton went ahead with two runs in the top of the fourth, the Milwaukee offense staged yet another rally to forge back ahead.
Junior Tell Taylor doubled in freshman Nick Unes and, following a single and stolen base by sophomore Luke Meeteer, a walk loaded the bases. Sophomore Michael Porcaro greeted the new pitcher with a two-run single up the middle to make it 5-4 at the time. The Panthers could have gotten more, but a line drive turned into a double play to end it.
Sophomore Derek Peake finished 2-for-2 with a walk and scored three runs. Porcaro had two hits and drove in two and Taylor also finished with a pair of hits. Jake Peter led Creighton with a 4-for-4 day.
On the mound, junior Mike Schneider got the start but struggled with control, walking six in his 4.0 innings of work. He did strike out four to work out of some early trouble and did not factor into the decision.
Milwaukee will stay on the road up, opening Horizon League play with a three-game series at Wright State. Game one is set for a first pitch of 5:30 p.m. CST March 15.