Pearson, Panthers Blast Raiders To Earn Series Victory
March 16, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Sophomore Michael Porcaro went 4-for-4 and senior Drew Pearson hit two home runs to lead a 19-hit attack as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team clubbed its way to a 15-2 victory over Wright State University Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Panthers (6-10, 2-1 Horizon League) led just 2-1 after two innings before starting an offensive barrage against the Raiders (6-11, 1-2 Horizon League), scoring five times in the third inning as part of 13 unanswered runs to record the big win and take the series, two games to one.
Porcaro tied a school record with a pair of triples in the contest, while also adding a double in his four hits which tied his career-best. His four runs scored were also a career-high. Pearson drove in four runs and scored three times in addition to the pair of bombs.
Not to be outdone was another great effort on the mound by junior Mike Schneider, who improved to 3-1 on the season by allowing just one run in 6.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walking two and striking out seven, lowering his ERA to a team-best 2.59 through five starts.
"Today was just a great team win," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Mike Schneider was very good and we played clean defense behind him. Offensively we stacked good at bats and kept putting up crooked numbers on the scoreboard. I thought the big three-run home run Drew Pearson hit early really got the mojo in our dugout."
Junior Ryan Solberg was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Senior Jonathan Capasso chipped in with three hits and senior Will Fadness drove in four more runs (season total up to a league-leading 19) on the strength of two doubles.
Junior Sam Koenig and sophomore Luke Meeteer (both 2-for-5) rounded out the list of seven players with more than one hit on the day. The 15 runs and 19 hits were season-highs for the Panthers.
"The lineup was really good today from top to bottom," Doffek said. "Except for two bad innings, we played well the whole weekend."
Things started quickly, with Milwaukee jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run double off the bat of Fadness. WSU got one back and it was still 2-1 in the top of the third when the offensive fireworks started.
Solberg had a bases-loaded single to score two and Pearson followed that up with a three-run shot to left field.
In the fourth things kept rolling. Porcaro tripled in a run and Fadness doubled him in. Pearson led off the fifth with his second home run and Meeteer and Porcaro each drove in another.
Milwaukee made it 13 unanswered runs with a three-run eighth, helped along by an error and four more hits.
Milwaukee continues Horizon League action with a weekend series at UIC. Game one Friday is scheduled for a first pitch of 4:05 p.m.