Panthers Extend Home Winning Streak To 20 Games
April 9, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team combined for 31 runs and 26 hits in sweeping a pair of non-conference games from Wisconsin Lutheran College and St. Norbert College Friday at Henry Aaron Field. Due to a postponement from the weather, the Panthers (12-13) ended up playing two games against two different opponents. They topped the Warriors (4-11), 17-4 in the opener before breaking open a close game against the Green Knights (8-7) in a 14-4 win in game two. The victories improve UWM to 7-0 at home this season and extend its home winning streak to 20 games dating back to last year.
"We came out right away and established a lead in both games and cruised from there a bit," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We did get a little sloppy in our at bats and gave too many of them away in the middle before refocusing and putting both games away."
Seniors Tim Patzman and Ben Long led the way on offense. Patzman went 4-for-6 and drove in eight runs with a pair of home runs and a triple while scoring four times. He extended his hitting streak to nine games and has now batted safely in 18 of his last 19 contests. Long was 5-for-10 with a home run and a double, driving in seven runs of his own and scoring three times.
"Patzman has really been carrying us for about a week or so," Doffek said. "Every time he came up in a big situation today it seemed like he came through."
Junior Sam Sivilotti also had a nice day at the plate, recording four hits in five at bats and driving in three runs. Senior Dan Buchholz had a hit in each game - including a home run in the opener - scored five times and extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
After UWM took a 5-0 lead in the nightcap, St. Norbert clawed back into it with three in the fifth and another in the sixth to make it 6-4. But, the Panthers took control with three in their half - including a two-run triple from Patzman and RBI-double by Sivilotti - and then put it away with a five-run seventh.
Junior Chad Pierce (3-2) got the win, working 6.0 innings. He was brilliant through the first four, but ran into trouble in the fifth before working out of it. He walked three and struck out eight. Patzman led the 13-hit attack with three hits and five RBI.
"Pierce came out throwing really well and then just sort of lost his rhythm," Doffek said. "To their credit, they did a really good job of making him work for the outs and put us into a tight situation."
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the opener against Wisconsin Lutheran College and cruised from there, plating 12 runs in the first two innings en route to the 17-4 victory.
Home runs by the senior trio of Long, Patzman and Buchholz powered the offense, which recorded 13 hits on the day.
Long ended with a team-high three hits and six runs batted in while also scoring twice. All but one starter had at least one hit and every one in the starting lineup scored at least one run.
Long singled in two runs in the first to open the scoring and Buchholz followed with a two-run shot to make it 4-0 after one. UWM piled it on in the second with eight more, getting a run-scoring single from senior Nino Guerrero, a two-RBI hit from Long, an RBI-double from freshman Alex Erdmann and a three-run home run off the bat of Patzman.
Sivilotti and freshman Drew Pearson drove in runs in the third and Long closed out the scoring in the sixth with his sixth home ruin of the season.
On the mound, junior Jayme Sukowaty (1-0) started and went three innings. He allowed just two hits in his scoreless outing, striking out two. Freshman Jordan Guth threw the next three, giving up four runs, but just one earned. Senior Bob Stone closed it out with a scoreless frame.
The Panthers are off for the rest of the weekend, returning to action next Tuesday with a road game against Iowa.