Panthers' Comeback Bid Fails In 8-7 Loss
March 21, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored six ninth-innings runs, but it wasn't enough, as the Panthers fell to Cornell, 8-7, Monday morning in Bradenton, Fla. After UWM (3-10) tied the game at 7-7 in the ninth, the Big Red (3-3) notched an unearned run in the ninth for the win.
With the game tied at 7-7, Cornell's Conor Kelly led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Kelly reached third after a first UWM error, and scored on a second-consecutive miscue.
Trailing 7-1 heading into the top of the ninth, sophomores Matt Curran and Joe Nowicki led off with back-to-back singles. Freshman Grant Berkovitz followed with another single to load the bases. Two batters later, junior Mike Goetz doubled to score Curran and Nowicki. Senior Brent Buechel pinch hit for the Panthers and scored Berkovitz with a ground ball to second base.
Junior Zak Rivera then walked, and after injured pitcher Cory Kleeba was brought in as a pinch runner, senior Charlie Reschke reached on an error that scored Goetz and Kleeba. Freshman Jesse Hart hit a two-out single, scoring Reschke, to cap the scoring.
Panther junior Jed Dolske (1-1) suffered the loss, pitching just the ninth. Sophomore Rob Brockel and senior middle infielder Steve Sanfilippo combined on 2.2 innings of hitless relief, striking out three and walking none. Junior Korey Keller got the start and surrendered seven runs in 5.1 innings of work.
Goetz paced the Milwaukee offensive attack with three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Reschke collected two hits and two runs batted in. Hart and Curran also finished with two hits apiece.
UWM returns to action on Tuesday, facing this same Cornell squad in a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.