Panthers Top Eagles On Cold Day In Kenosha
March 26, 2014
KENOSHA, Wis. - On the day the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee expected to play its home opener, the baseball team had to settle for a game in Kenosha, Wis., but still earned the victory, claiming a 4-1 decision over Edgewood College Wednesday at Augie Schmidt Field.
With a game-time temperature of 34 degrees and a wind chill of 24, the Panthers (4-10) overcame a slow start to top the Eagles (4-11) with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh on a home run off the bat of senior Ryan Solberg.
"It was really good for our guys to get outside and compete, even though the conditions were pretty tough," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "I thought that considering the temperature and conditions, both teams played a pretty clean brand of baseball. It was not an easy day to hit for sure. But, it was great for our team to wear our home jerseys and bat last."
Edgewood managed to get on the board first, taking advantage of two hits and a passed ball to make it 1-0 in the second inning.
Eight different Eagle pitchers tossed an inning, with the first five limiting the Panthers to no runs and just one hit, a ground-rule double to left in the third inning by junior Ryan McShane.
UWM finally went ahead in the sixth inning, and did it without the benefit of a base hit. After a walk and a passed ball, junior Derek Peake put a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. The pitcher made the play, but threw the ball into the runner, allowing the first run to score. Peake then stole second and went to third when the throw got past the infield and scooted home with the go-ahead run on a sac fly off the bat of junior Mike Porcaro.
Junior Tyler Hermann led off the seventh with a single and was driven in by Solberg's second home run of the season on the first pitch he saw of the at bat.
Eight different pitchers also appeared for the Panthers. Senior Tyler Thicke got the start and allowed one unearned run in 2.0 innings, striking out two. Sophomore Brian Keller (1.0 IP, 1 K), sophomore Justin Langley (1.1 IP, 1 K), freshman Adam Reuss (0.2 IP), junior Cal Haley (0.2 IP, 1 K) and sophomore Jake Tuttle (0.1 IP, 1 K) all recorded scoreless appearances.
Up next, it's off to Chicago for three games that were moved from Henry Aaron Field due to field conditions in Milwaukee. Game one starts Saturday at 2 p.m.