Panthers Stay Perfect Against Cardinal Stritch
April 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team remained undefeated all-time against Cardinal Stritch University, earning an 8-6 victory Wednesday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (9-16) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Wolves (13-20) in a series that dates back to the 1993 season.
"It was an opportunity to get some guys in the game that have not been out there as much as I know they would like," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We made a couple of miscues on some routine plays and didn't really throw enough strikes. But, we did do enough - Fadness had a big day with the two home runs that really kept the momentum in our dugout."
Fadness put Milwaukee up, 2-0, in the first inning and then provided the eventual winning run in the fifth with his second long ball of the day to deep center field.
Spurley (1-0) came on in the fourth inning with the game tied, 5-5, and allowed just one hit in his four-inning outing, striking out a pair.
"The game could have gone either way there in the middle and Kyle did a good job and allowed us to tack on some runs and take the lead," Doffek said.
Up 2-0 in the third, UWM added three more runs in the frame, two of them scoring on freshman Luke Meeteer's double down the left field line. He would score on a wild pitch, giving the Panthers a 5-0 advantage.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Cardinal Stritch got all five back in the top of the third inning, helped along by a pair of UWM errors. The big hit came from Chad Mazur, who came up with a bases-loaded triple and would score the tying run on a single one batter later.
Milwaukee retook the lead in the fourth when Meeteer doubled and scored on sophomore Sam Koenig's single to right field.
The Wolves made it interesting in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate with a pair of walks with nobody out. Senior Greg Blohowiak came on to record his first save of the season to close it out.
Fadness (2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led the way with the first multi-home run game of the season for Milwaukee. Meeteer (2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Koenig (2-for-3) also had multi-hit efforts. Mazur finished 2-for-3 with those three RBI to lead Stritch.
Up next, Milwaukee starts a three-game Horizon League series when it hosts Butler University. Game one is Thursday, starting at 3 p.m.