UWM Tops MSOE To Run Winning Streak At Home To 20
April 16, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team recorded a season-high 18 hits on a cold and windy day to top MSOE, 13-1, Wednesday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
With temperatures just over the 40 degree mark and winds gusting well over 20 miles an hour, the Panthers (11-15) scored five times in the first inning and never looked back in defeating the Raiders (11-12), extending their winning streak at home to 20 games in a row in the process.
Senior Ryan Solberg led the offensive charge, tying his career-high with a four-hit day, finishing a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, two runs batted in and a pair of stolen bases.
Sophomore Nick Unes had three hits and drove in three, as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit in the contest. Sophomore Aaron Buban got the start behind the plate and responded with a 3-for-4 day, scoring a pair of runs and adding an RBI.
Sophomore Jake Tuttle (1-1) earned the start and got the win, throwing the first four innings in allowing just one run on one hit. He struck out four, but did walk four, including one with the bases loaded in the fourth that helped MSOE break up the shutout.
Five relief pitchers threw an inning each, combining for no runs and just one hit, none after the fifth inning. Junior Sam Kohnke struck out the side in the ninth, while junior Cal Haley (1.0 IP, K), freshman Adam Reuss (1.0 IP, K) and sophomore Jonathan Nick (1.0 IP, K) all added strikeouts as well.
The Panthers batted around in the first inning. Sophomore Mitch Ghelfi stroked a two-run single to center and Solberg followed with an RBI-single up the middle. Unes added an RBI-ground out and Solberg scored on a passed ball to make it 5-0 in the frame.
That was all UWM needed, but continued to add to the lead, plating at least one run in each of the third through seventh innings.
Up next, the Panthers welcome Valparaiso University to Henry Aaron Field for a key three-game series. The opener is set for a first pitch of 3 p.m. Thursday, as Milwaukee looks to tie the school record of 21 wins in a row at home.