More Offense Leads Panthers To Series Win
April 7, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team set a season-high in runs scored for the second time in the past three games, defeating Butler University, 16-4, Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (11-17, 6-6 Horizon League) earned the series victory over the Bulldogs (17-15, 6-6 Horizon League), combining for 30 runs and 35 hits in their two victories.
"It's good to get two out of three after we let one go yesterday that we really could have won," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "We bounced back today. Our hitters did a much better job of working the top half of the baseball. When you do that, good things are going to happen."
Junior Will Fadness went 3-for-3 to lead the way. Freshman Michael Porcaro (2-for-3, 2 runs), junior Jonathan Capasso (2-for-5), senior Paul Hoenecke and sophomore Tell Taylor all drove in a pair of runs for the winners.
Freshman Justin Jaquish (1-1) earned the victory, allowing just one run in 4.2 innings of relief. He allowed four hits, walked a pair and struck out five.
"Jaquish did a great job of putting up zeroes," Doffek said. "We have kind of had him on ice - he has really not had a lot of opportunities and whatever ones we have given him he's done a great job. Our pitching has been very steady all year and was again. Hopefully the bats can just keep improving as we go."
Milwaukee took leads of 1-0 in the first and 3-1 in the second, only to see Butler tie the game for the second time in the top of the third with a pair of runs.
And then the offense took over.
The Panthers scored four runs in the third inning to take control and would pile on with a six-run seventh inning as well.
Tied, 3-3, in the third, UWM took its third lead of the contest on a single by junior Alex Erdmann. Porcaro doubled in a run and the third tally of the frame scored on a fielding error.
The Panthers added a run in the sixth and then batted around in the seventh inning. Porcaro started the scoring with an RBI-single and two more runs then scored on a single by sophomore Sam Koenig. Capasso doubled in another run before Hoenecke added his two-run double to complete the scoring.
Sophomore Mike Schneider started the game but was not involved in the decision. He worked 3.1 innings, allowing three runs. He walked a pair and struck out two. Junior Jordan Guth pitched a clean ninth, allowing the UWM bullpen to total just one earned run allowed in 10.1 innings over the course of the three-game series.
Freshman Luke Meeteer (2-for-3, 3 runs) and Erdmann (2-for-4, 3 runs) also had multi-hit efforts in the contest. Jack Dillon (2-for-3) was the only Bulldog with more than one hit.
Up next, Milwaukee closes out the eight-game homestand with a game Wednesday against Wisconsin Lutheran College. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.