Hoenecke's 200th Hit Part Of Offensive Barrage Against Butler
April 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team set season-highs in hits and runs in a 14-2 victory over Butler University Thursday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (10-16, 5-5 Horizon League) rode a strong offensive attack against the Bulldogs (16-14, 5-5 Horizon League), while also getting a strong performance on the mound from junior Eric Semmelhack.
"We had some really good at bats in the beginning of that ballgame that really put pressure on their pitcher," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "In these conditions - wind blowing out like that, hard infield - it's not a real comfortable feeling. It's not an easy day to pitch today and Eric really grinded it out. Throughout the game he kept the momentum with us because he minimized any issues he got into."
Senior Paul Hoenecke became the eighth player in program history to record 200 or more career hits with a single in the fourth inning, one of a season-high 20 by UWM on the day.
"He's been scuffling and not feeling great about himself, but there have been a lot of good hitters that have come through here," Doffek said. "So to be one of only a handful to get 200 hits, that's quite an accomplishment."
Every starter had at least one hit in the contest. Junior Jonathan Capasso led the way with a 4-for-6 showing, with junior Will Fadness (3-for-4, 2 runs), sophomore Sam Koenig (3-for-4, 2 runs) and freshman Michael Porcaro (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI) all collecting three hits apiece.
Hoenecke (2 hits, 3 RBI) and senior Phil Striggow (2 hits, 2 RBI) rounded out the list of multi-hit efforts on the day.
On the mound, Semmelhack (2-5) threw well considering the windy, cold conditions. He allowed a pair of earned runs in 7.0 innings, giving up just four hits. He walked one and struck out eight.
Junior Jake Long pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing no hits and adding three strikeouts. Between the two pitchers, the Bulldogs were limited to just one base runner after the fourth inning.
After getting a run in the first on a Hoenecke sac fly, Butler quickly evened the score with a tally in the top of the second. Two great defensive plays by the Bulldogs kept Milwaukee off the board early, including Michael Fries robbing sophomore Ryan Solberg of a home run with an over-the-wall catch in the second inning.
The Panthers finally broke through in the fourth inning, plating four runs with the help of some miscues in the field.
They kept tacking on from there, adding single tallies in the fifth on a Koenig RBI-single and again in the sixth on a double from Capasso.
The team then batted around for the second time in the eighth, blowing the game open with seven runs. Seven hits accounted for the damage, including hits by Hoenecke and Porcaro that scored two runs each.
Dom Silvestri (3-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (just one earned) in 3.1 innings. Mike Hoscheit led the offense with a pair of hits and scored both Butler runs.
These two teams resume the series Friday, set for a first pitch of 3 p.m.