Panthers Drop Two In Omaha
April 14, 2004
OMAHA, Neb. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team dropped a pair of non-conference games here Wednesday (Apr. 14), falling to the University of Nebraska-Omaha 15-11 in the first game before dropping an 8-4 decision to Creighton University in the nightcap. UWM pounded out 22 hits in the doubleheader but could not keep the host offenses at bay. Milwaukee falls to 10-15 overall while UNO and Creighton improve to 15-20 and 16-13 overall, respectively.
The Panthers were originally scheduled to face Creighton in a doubleheader but played local Division II team Nebraska-Omaha to help CU avoid a scheduling conflict. Milwaukee served as the host team in the first game and quickly fell behind 5-0 in the first inning as righthander Leroy Pederson was making his first start of the season. UNO's Jeff Sova provided the big blow in the frame when he pounded a two out grand slam to left field.
Milwaukee quickly countered, however, with one run in the bottom of the first and seven more in the second to grab an 8-5 lead. Charlie Reschke drove home the first run of the game with a ground out to first before the seven run second inning. UWM scored the seven tallies on four hits with the help of two Maverick errors. Ben Stanczyk drilled his sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot while Nicholas Wichser, Sam Jansen, and Reschke all added RBI.
The Panther lead was shortlived, however, as the Mavericks knocked Pederson out of the game with an eight run third inning. The Mavs collected six hits in the inning as Josh Shirk, Jim Sledge, and Troy Cloyd all notched run scoring doubles. Pederson was touched for seven earned runs on five hits and five walks in 2.1 innings of work.
The Mavericks remained in front the remainder of the way despite a two-run UWM rally in the bottom of the ninth. Stanczyk finished 1-4 with four RBI while Reschke drove in four runs in two at bats. Ross McCoy notched two hits on the game while Wichser went 2-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. UWM's Sam Jansen (0-1) took the loss as he allowed eight runs (four earned) on ten hits in 4.2 innings of relief. Brent Hanisch (1-0) worked two scoreless innings of relief to get the victory.
The UWM bats were cooking in the second game of the night but the visitors couldn't notch any key hits as Creighton took the nightcap 8-4. Milwaukee outhit the hosts 14-9 but couldn't come back from a 6-0 deficit. The Jays touched UWM starter Korey Keller for three first inning runs and relievers Robert Michalkiewicz and Jed Dolske for five more tallies in the third through fifth innings. Meanwhile UWM could muster just three runs in the fifth and a single marker in the sixth.
Stanczyk led the charge offensively with three hits while four different Panthers (Jansen, Matt Alexander, Reschke, and Jeremy Wilson) each added two hits apiece. Wilson drove home two runs with a pair of doubles while Rescke and McCoy each added an RBI. Keller fell to 2-3 on the year while Adam Schaecher improved to 1-0 with the victory.
Milwaukee will look to get back on the winning track on Friday (Apr. 16) when Illinois-Chicago comes to town for the first of a four-game weekend series. Friday's Horizon League tilt is the 2004 home opener for UWM as is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field.