Panthers Find Offense Late, Cruise to 14-4 Victory Over YSU
April 5, 2013
NILES, Ohio - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored 13 unanswered runs from the seventh through the ninth inning to defeat Youngstown State University, 14-4, Friday afternoon at Eastwood Field.
The Panthers (12-12, 8-2 Horizon League) trailed the Penguins (7-21, 3-4 Horizon League) by a score of 4-1 before tying the contest in the seventh inning, They broke it open with a six-run eighth inning and then tacked on four more in the ninth.
Senior Jake Long (4-2) came through with his fourth solid outing in a row. He gave up just two earned runs in 7.0 innings, allowing six hits. He walked two and struck out five but did see his scoreless innings streak get snapped at 26.0, setting the new school record.
"Jake did a nice job of dealing with some adversity early on," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "A pair of infield hits and a couple of errors and we were behind the eight-ball right away in the first. He came back, settled down and gave us a quality start."
Milwaukee pounded out 17 hits, led by a strong day at the plate by junior Ryan Solberg. He finished the day 4-for-4, including a key two-out, two-run single in the seventh that tied the game at 4-4.
"I thought their guy did a real nice job of mixing pitches early," Doffek said. "Credit goes to our hitters for staying positive and staying with it. I thought it was a bit of a sloppy game on both sides. We look to come out tomorrow and put it all together."
Sophomore Michael Porcaro continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, four runs batted in and three runs scored. Senior Alex Erdmann was 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs and senior Jonathan Capasso also had three hits.
Sophomore Luke Meeteer tallied a pair of hits, scored four times and stole a base. Junior Sam Koenig also put in a multi-hit effort with a pair of singles.
UWM found itself in an early hole, as a pair of errors led to YSU plating two runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Mitch Ghelfi's sac fly cut the deficit in half in the third, but the Penguins made it 4-1 in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Nick Dinello.
The Panthers turned things around in the seventh and never looked back. Porcaro doubled in the first run and then Solberg came through with runners on second and third, sending a 2-1 pitch to right center to tie the game.
Milwaukee sent 10 batters to the plate in the decisive eighth, recording four hits and getting some help from a pair of YSU errors.
The second game of the series starts tomorrow at noon.