Panthers Take Series With 7-3 Victory Over UIC
April 1, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning to break open a one-run game and earn a 7-3 victory over UIC Sunday at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (8-16, 4-5 Horizon League) used five pitchers out of the bullpen that combined to limit the Flames (11-14, 5-4 Horizon League) to just three hits over the final 5.2 innings on the day.
Senior Greg Blohowiak (1-1) earned the victory, coming on in the fourth inning of a 2-2 game. He worked 2.2 near-perfect innings, not allowing a hit or a run in the appearance.
"It was great to finally be the home team [this weekend] and play here in front of the fans," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Any time in our league that you can win two out of three, it is a productive weekend. We certainly had an opportunity to win all three, but we didn't. We lost the first one and bounced back to win the next two, so that shows some character."
Junior Alex Erdman also played a key role, getting out of a jam in the UIC eighth. With Milwaukee up just a run at 4-3 at the time, back-to-back UIC runners reached after getting hit by pitches. Erdmann came on at that point, getting the first out on a sacrifice bunt. With the go-ahead run at second base, he struck out two of the next three batters to stop the rally.
"We put ourselves in some sticky situations with walks and hit-by-pitches," Doffek said. "Blohowiak did a really good job to settle it down in the middle part of the game and then Erdmann comes in - first and second nobody out with a one-run lead - and just grinds it out and we maintained the lead. That was huge."
With the game tied, 2-2, in the fifth, UWM took its second lead of the contest on an RBI-groundout from Capasso. It then tacked on a run in the sixth on sophomore Sam Koenig's single to center before UIC would get one back in the seventh.
The Panthers banged out 13 hits on the day, led by a 3-for-4, 2 RBI day by Koenig, who also scored three times. Capasso ended with a pair of hits and drove in three, while seniors Paul Hoenecke, Jim Lundstrom and Striggow all added two hits each for the winners. For Hoenecke, the two hits ran his career total to 199.
Next, Milwaukee continues the eight-game homestand with a busy week, playing four games in four days starting Wednesday when it hosts Cardinal Stritch at 3 p.m. That contest is followed by a three-game series against Butler that gets underway Thursday.