Panthers Jump Out To Early Lead; Cruise To 11-4 Win Over Chicago State
March 27, 2007
CHICAGO, Ill. - The bottom four spots of the batting order combined to go 8-for-13 with seven runs batted in to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to an 11-4 victory over Chicago State in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Panthers (3-15) had a good day on the mound as well, as seven pitchers combined to allow the Cougars (1-23) just nine hits in the two games.
Senior Ross McCoy (two hits/three RBIs), sophomore Josh Groves (two hits/RBI), junior Troy Vesling (one hit/RBI) and freshman Wes Munson (three hits/two RBIs) combined for eight of the team's 12 hits in the victory.
"Our hitters did a good job being patient early in the count," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "They forced the pitchers to throw strikes and did a nice job bouncing back."
Milwaukee fell behind 1-0 in the first inning of game two, but took the lead in the second with three runs on just one hit. A hit batter and three walks brought in the first run, and Munson's line drive to right center plated two and made it 3-1. McCoy added to the lead in the third with a two-run triple.
UWM scored four more in the sixth to break it open, with junior John Sarcia's two-run triple highlighting the frame.
Junior Matt Holzheuter got the start, and responded with 3.0 solid innings of one-hit ball, striking out two. He was pulled after reaching a pitch count for sophomore Jordan Herbert (1-0), who struck out four in 2.0 innings in recording the victory.
Game one was another tough one to swallow for the Panthers, as the Cougars scored on a walk-off single in the first extra inning to take the 2-1 victory. A hit batter and a sacrifice put the winning run in scoring position. Sean Murphy then ended the game on a single to right center.
`You have to give a lot of credit to their first pitcher [Freshour]," Doffek said. "The conditions were tough for offense and he worked ahead and kept us off-balance. The game came down to a couple of key plays that we did not execute."
The UWM offense could not get things going against CSU starter Luke Freshour, who did not earn a decision despite allowing just five hits and one run in 7.2 innings of work.
Milwaukee let a golden opportunity slip away in the seventh, as junior Grant Berkovitz reached base on a fielding error and took second when the throw got past the first baseman. A sacrifice put Berkovitz on third base with just one out. UWM tried the suicide squeeze next, but was unable to get the bunt down. McCoy walked to put runners on the corners, but got thrown out stealing for out number two. Freshour then recorded a strikeout to get out of the jam.
Down 1-0 in the top of the sixth, the Panthers tied the score on a two-out single off the bat of Wichser that plated Silver to make it 1-1. Silver had led off the inning with his second hit of the game before being sacrificed to second.
Sophomore Tim Hoy gave up just one hit and struck out three, allowing one unearned run in working the first 3.0 innings. Junior Brandon Duffy had a solid outing with 4.0 scoreless innings, striking out three Cougars.
Milwaukee returns to Horizon League play this weekend, taking on Wright State in one game Friday and a twinbill Saturday. Friday's opener is set for a 5:30 p.m. CST start.