Panthers Use Long Ball To Power Way To 7-2 Win
March 17, 2012
NILES, Ohio - Seniors Mark Strey and Phil Striggow and junior Jonathan Capasso each hit home runs to back a strong performance on the mound by junior Cale Tassi, helping the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 7-2 victory over Youngstown State University Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field.
The Panthers (6-10, 2-0 Horizon League) used the long ball to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning against the Penguins (1-15, 0-2 Horizon League) and never looked back.
Tassi (1-2) was impressive on the hill, allowing no earned runs in 7.1 innings. Ha gave up just three hits in his outing, walking one and striking out three.
"On the offensive side of things, it was great to see us sting a few balls today," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "The pitching was great - Cale did a nice job of keeping them off balance and the bullpen was clean again. For the second straight day it was just another good team win."
Capasso got Milwaukee off on the right foot in the top of the first, launching a two-out home run to right that made it 3-0. Strey tacked on an inning later, sending the first pitch of the second down the left field line for a 4-0 advantage.
YSU crawled back into it, adding unearned runs in the third and sixth innings to close the gap to 4-2. The Panthers responded quickly, getting a sac fly from junior Alex Erdmann in the seventh and the home run by Striggow in the eighth to close out the scoring.
The UWM bullpen was again strong, with senior Kaleb Engelke and junior Jake Long combining for 1.2 shutout frames to close it out.
Striggow (2-for-3), senior Paul Hoenecke (2-for-4) and Capasso (2-for-5, 3 RBI) each had multi-hit efforts to lead the offense. No YSU player had more than one hit, with the team limited to just five on the day.
The Panthers will go for the series sweep Sunday, but the game will now start sooner than regularly scheduled to try and stay ahead of the weather. Originally set for a first pitch of 11 a.m. CST, will now start an hour earlier and begin at 10 a.m. CST.