UWM Bullpen Closes Out 5-4 Victory Over Youngstown State
March 16, 2012
NILES, Ohio - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the bullpen did the rest, claiming a 5-4 victory over Youngstown State University Friday at Eastwood Field in the Horizon League opener for both teams.
Seniors Greg Blohowiak and Kaleb Engelke and junior Jordan Guth combined to allow just one hit over the final three scoreless innings, walking no one while striking out a pair in retiring nine of the 10 batters they faced. Guth threw just 10 pitches, eight for strikes, in recording his second save of the year to close out the ninth.
"It was just one of those great teams wins," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "The brunt of the credit definitely goes to the bullpen though. Blohowiak, then Engelke, then Guth - that was just a fantastic job by those guys. It was a great start to the weekend and the league schedule and now our goal is to come out tomorrow and put it all together - all three phases."
The Panthers (5-10, 1-0 Horizon League) tied the game in the fifth inning on senior Paul Hoenecke's two-out double after the Penguins (1-14, 0-1 Horizon League) had gone ahead with two runs in the second and two more in the third on a Craig Goubeaux single that made it 4-3 at the time.
UWM then went ahead in the top of the seventh and did it without the help of a base hit. Hoenecke reached second on an error in the infield and was sacrificed to third. Sophomore Sam Koenig followed with an infield groundball that was also mishandled, allowing Hoenecke to score the eventual winning run.
Junior Eric Semmelhack (1-3) recorded the win, working the first 6.0 innings. He scattered 12 hits and struck out just one, but got big outs when needed, stranding two YSU runners on base in each of the second, fourth and sixth innings.
"Eric was not himself today and they did a good job squaring it up," Doffek said. "But he really battled and gave us a chance. We didn't hit much, but we did get a couple of two-out hits with runners in scoring position and that was huge."
The first of those big two-out hits came in the second inning and put UWM in front to start. After the bases ended up loaded on three hit-by-pitches, senior Mark Strey was down to his final strike before lacing a 1-2 pitch to left field to score two runs.
The Penguins quickly tied it in the bottom of the second but UWM took its second of three leads on the day in the third, manufacturing a run when senior Jim Lundstrom doubled, went to third on a ground out and scored on another off the bat of Hoenecke.
The Panthers had just five hits in the game but made the most of them, with no batter recording more than one. Hoenecke finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while junior Will Fadness and sophomore Tell Taylor also added a hit each. Goubeax ended an impressive night by going 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead YSU. Drew Dosch also had a multi-hit game at 3-for-5 in the contest.
The series continues with a single game Saturday, with a first pitch set for 12 p.m. CST.