Seventh-Inning Rally Sends Milwaukee Past Chicago State, 12-8
April 1, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. - Mike Porcaro's bases-loaded double and Pat Wilson's two-run home run highlighted a six-run inning as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team came from behind on two different occasions in a 12-8 victory Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Stadium.
The Panthers (6-12) trailed the Cougars (9-14) by four runs in the fourth inning and again at 5-4 when Porcaro stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh inning. He drove a 3-1 pitch deep off the wall, just missing a grand slam, sending home all three runners to give UWM the 7-5 lead.
"Two-out hits will kill you, we talk about that all the time," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "And when you can stack them, you usually end up with some big numbers and that was what we did. The middle of our order did a really good job in the middle of that game and took control."
One pitch later, Wilson hammered his second home run of the year deep over the wall in right center to make it 9-5, as the Panthers plated six in the inning to build a five-run cushion at 10-5, scoring all of the runs with two outs.
Wilson finished 4-for-5 with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Porcaro was 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs. Sophomore Mitch Ghelfi added three hits and scored twice and senior Ryan Solberg finished with a pair of hits and three runs batted in.
Junior Justin Jaquish (1-1) pitched very well in relief. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing just one run while striking out five.
"I thought Justin Langley did a good job and gave us a good start," Doffek said. "Tough conditions to play baseball in, certainly hard to feel for your pitches and then Justin Jaquish really came in and held them at bay until we got the bats going."
Milwaukee had to first rally from a four-run hole to start as well. Scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, Chicago State struck for four runs, highlighted by a two-run double to left center by Robert Swenson.
But, UWM responded quickly. A leadoff walk, a single by Porcaro, a single by Wilson, double by Ghelfi, balk and single by Solberg tied the game very quickly at 4-4.
On a day where the wind was gusting over 30 miles per hour out to left field, the first three innings was quite the pitchers' duel.
Redshirt freshman Justin Langley got the start and threw well until the fourth, inducing six ground ball outs over the first two innings as part of 3.1 frames on the day.
The Panthers only had a couple of baserunners in the first three innings, but loaded the bases in the fourth on base hits by Ghelfi and junior Sam Hammer and a walk to junior Tyler Hermann. But, Cougar starter Ean McNeal got out of the jam, recording his sixth strikeout on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.
The team will finally get the opportunity to play at home this weekend. UWM is currently scheduled to host Oakland in a three-game series at Henry Aaron Field this weekend. As of now, game one is set for 3 p.m. Friday. Check back with the UWM website for any updates in the schedule due to weather or playing conditions.