McCoy's Record-Tying Performance Headlines Panther Victory Over Chicago State
April 12, 2006
CHICAGO, Ill. - Junior Ross McCoy tied school records with six hits and eight runs batted in to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 26-12 victory over Chicago State on Wednesday. The Panthers (13-15) scored in each of the first three innings in jumping out to a 13-2 lead over the Cougars (3-21) in the non-conference slugfest.
"It was good to see the guys respond after an emotionally draining night [UWM played UIC in a doubleheader Tuesday night]," assistant head coach Scott Doffek said. "It was good to be on the other end of a high-scoring game."
McCoy went a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate, including a grand slam. He had a double and two home runs, missing only a triple for the cycle. The six hits tied Jason Weseman's school-record performance from back in the 1996 season while his eight RBI tied the school mark held by Todd Ludwig in March of 1999.
That wasn't the only school record to be tied or broken. The team's 29 hits equaled the program record originally set on April 14th of 1996 against UIC. Additionally, sophomore Jesse Hart broke the school record of five runs scored by tallying six runs in the game.
The first batter of the contest was a sign of things to come for Milwaukee on the day, as senior Mike Goetz led off with his first home run of the season to right center. Hart followed with a triple and was driven in by McCoy's first hit to make it 2-0 before UWM took the field.
Chicago State came right back in its half of the first inning off senior starter Rick Cavaiani (3-1), tying the game at 2-2 on a two-run home run by John Torres.
UWM went off from there, scoring six runs in the second and five more in the third, highlighted by freshman Tim Patzman's first home run of the season in the second and McCoy's grand slam in the third inning.
Cavaiani enjoyed the run support in picking up the victory, going five complete innings in allowing eight runs. He struck out three and walked just one. Six Cougar pitchers saw work on the mound, with starter Kelvin Mato (0-1) taking the loss, allowing five earned runs in one-plus inning of work.
Of the Panthers 29 hits, 13 went for extra bases including six doubles and six home runs. The offensive display raised the team batting average from .303 to .316 on the year and the 26 runs were just two off the school record of 28 in a game. Today marked the second time this season that UWM scored 20 or more runs and had 20 or more hits in a game.
The Panthers had a season-best six long balls, also getting home runs from seniors Joe Nowicki and Zak Rivera. Nowicki's was a deep two-run shot in the fifth, while Rivera's was a three-run bomb to right in the seventh. Milwaukee went back-to-back that frame when McCoy followed with his second of the contest - the first Panther to have a multi-homer game since Rivera did in May of last season (May 22, 2005).
Every starter in the game had at least two hits, with McCoy's six safeties leading the barrage. Goetz, the leading hitter in the nation, raised his season average to .514 with a 5-for-7 effort. Hart had three hits to go with his record six runs scored, Rivera had a season-high three hits, four runs scored and five runs batted in and Nowicki went 3-for-4 with four RBI.
John Torres was 4-for-4 with two home runs to lead Chicago State. Chris Sandzimer had three hits and seven RBI.
The Panthers will be back in action on the weekend, hosting Youngstown State in Horizon League action. The two teams open with a doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.