Long Pitches Milwaukee To Split With Wright State
March 15, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Senior Jake Long threw a complete-game four-hitter to carry the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Wright State University in game one of a doubleheader Friday at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Panthers (5-10, 1-1 Horizon League) scored three runs in the third inning of the opener and never looked back, led by the first complete game of Long's career. The Raiders (6-10, 1-1 Horizon League) earned a split in the twinbill, turning a close 3-1 game in the seventh inning into a 9-3 victory in game two in the first Horizon League action of the season for both teams.
Long (1-3), whose longest career outing prior to this season was 2.2 innings, threw the first complete game for Milwaukee in 2013 and the first since Eric Semmelhack shut out Butler in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament.
He allowed four hits and walked four, working out of trouble when needed while also recording three strikeouts. He gave up a run in the first inning but settled in quickly, hitting his stride in the middle of the contest. He retired 13 batters in a row from the fourth inning through a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth.
Down, 1-0, Milwaukee got all it needed in the third inning. A walk and hit batter started things and an error allowed the first run to score. Senior Jonathan Capasso tripled in the second run and junior Pat Wilson followed with a double to make it 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Senior Alex Erdmann rounded out the scoring with an RBI-single in the sixth.
Capasso and junior Ryan Solberg each finished 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace the offense. Beau Phillips had three of the four WSU hits in the game.
In the nightcap, the Raiders exploded for five runs in the seventh to blow open a tightly-contested affair. Helped along by four walks in the frame, Justin Kopale came through with the biggest hit, doubling with the bases loaded to round out the scoring in the decisive rally.
Senior Cale Tassi (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs and three walks in 5.2 innings, striking out four batters.
Sophomore Luke Meeteer was 2-for-3 and walked twice as the only player with more than one hit in the game for the Panthers.
The series wraps up tomorrow, but once again with a new start time. The teams were supposed to begin at 12 p.m. CST, but will now get underway at 1 p.m. CST. Catch the action live on the Horizon League Network.