Milwaukee Makes It 19 In A Row At Home With Sweep
April 6, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team opened up a close game with a four-run seventh inning in claiming an 8-2 victory over Oakland University Sunday at Henry Aaron Field.
With the win, the Panthers (9-12, 4-2 Horizon league) completed the three-game sweep of the Golden Grizzlies (4-17, 0-6 Horizon League) while also extending the longest home winning streak in the nation to 19 games in a row.
"We were fortunate yesterday to get some W's, but our guys get the credit for not quitting," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "They played all 54 outs to get both W's and today, we just couldn't get the really big hit to put it away early and let them in the game. But Justin Langley did a really good job of pounding the zone and letting our defense play. I thought our defense was a difference-maker - Tell Taylor up the middle and Mitch Ghelfi had a couple of extra-effort plays."
Redshirt freshman Justin Langley (1-1) got the start and turned in his first collegiate victory, throwing five scoreless frames before OU finally got to him in the sixth inning. He ended the day with two earned runs allowed in 6.0 innings of work, walking one and striking out three.
Milwaukee opened the scoring in the second inning and added one more run each inning until the fifth to take a 4-0 lead.
Oakland battled back from there, scoring twice in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit in half. But, Milwaukee responded an inning later, scoring four times to break it open. The scoring came from all angles, plating runs on a balk, error, single by junior Derek Peake and a double by Porcaro.
The offense banged out 13 hits, led by two-hit days from Peake (2-for-4, 2 runs), senior Ryan Solberg (2-for-3, 3 stolen bases), Unes (2-for-3, 2 RBI), junior Tyler Hermann (2-for-4) and junior Tell Taylor (2-for-5).
The victory extended the home winning streak to 19, just two away from the school record of 21 straight set in 2010.
"Well you can't make too much out of it," Doffek said. "I know the guys take pride in the fact that we have won a lot of games here in a row. We are the ones working on this field on a day-to-day basis so they take pride in defending it and so far they have done a great job."
Up next, the Panthers were scheduled to play Cardinal Stritch at home April 8. That game has been postponed to April 30, so the next game will be at Northern Illinois April 9, set for a first pitch of 3:05 p.m.