Panthers Sweep Past Valpo At Miller Park
April 5, 2003
MILWAUKEE - Ben Stanczyk drove in four runs in the opener and Mikel Schaefer dominated on the mound in the nightcap to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a sweep of a doubleheader of Valparaiso, 8-4 and 6-0, Saturday at Miller Park.
The doubleheader followed a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants and marked the second-straight year UWM has played at Miller Park. The Panthers also won for the seventh and eighth-straight times at a Major League stadium.
The Panthers (10-9) moved above .500 for the first time this season and have now won 10 of their last 14 contests. Valpo (6-14) has lost five-straight games.
In game one, the Panthers rallied for six runs in their final three at bats to claim the win.
Trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, UWM scored two times to take the lead for good. Stanczyk drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly before pinch-hitter Matt Alexander drove in a run with a double.
UWM then added three runs in the sixth. Marcellus Dawson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before Stanczyk drove in the final two runs with a double down the left-field line.
Cory Kleeba (3-2) worked the final 2 2/3 innings without allowing a hit to claim the win. Valpo starter Marc Boggio (1-3) allowed five runs in four-plus innings to take the loss.
Jeff Mandsager hit a home run in the first inning for Valpo, which mustered just six hits in the game.
UWM then controlled the second game from the outset and the Crusaders could not touch Schaefer, who struck out seven. The Panthers scored a single run in the second on a Pitrof sacrifice fly, two runs in the third on a single by Michna and a Valpo error, and another run in the fifth on a David Michna RBI. UWM then added two insurance runs in the sixth.
The only hit Schaefer allowed was a bloop double to right by Brandon Sadler to start the fourth inning. UWM's second baseman Reschke raced to the ball but could not handle it over his shoulder with his back to the infield.
UWM returns to action Wednesday, hosting UW-Parkside in a doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m.