Big Inning Sends Milwaukee Past Cleveland State, 11-5
April 20, 2007
LORAIN, Ohio - Senior Robert Michalkiewicz won his fourth-straight start and upped his school-record scoreless streak to 22.1 innings as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team defeated Cleveland State, 11-5, Friday night. Every batter in the starting line-up for the Panthers (8-21, 7-7 Horizon) had at least one hit or scored a run to help extend their winning streak against the Vikings (9-25, 6-6 Horizon) to seven-straight.
Milwaukee used a seven-run third-inning to help build an 11-0 advantage and then cruised from there. It pounded out 13 hits, led by a 4-for-5 effort by junior Jesse Hart.
"It was good to see us have another big inning," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We had one against UIC Tuesday [UWM had a seven-run inning that day as well] and it was refreshing to do it again. We hoped it would carry over and it was good to put up that crooked number."
Michalkiewicz (4-3) led the way for Milwaukee, allowing just one earned run in five innings of work to help UWM to its 10th win in its last 11 games against Cleveland State. He allowed five hits and struck out two, but did see two record streaks come to a close. First, he extended his school-record scoreless innings streak to 22.1 before CSU scored in the fourth. Secondly, he did allow a walk for the first time in five starts, a streak that spanned 35.0 innings and 143 batters faced.
"That has been the biggest difference with him this year compared to the past," Doffek said. "When you don't walk anybody, you really take the pressure off yourself."
The Panthers tied their season-high for runs in an inning with the big third. They collected seven hits in the frame, with senior Ross McCoy's three-run home run the big hit. Junior Grant Berkovitz and senior Kyle Silver added run-scoring doubles, while Hart and freshman Shaun Wegner also drove in runs in the big rally.
Vikings starter Stephen Procner (3-5) came into the game leading the league in opposing batting average at .215, but UWM lit him up for eight hits (in 16 at-bats) and nine runs (seven earned) in just 2.1 innings of work.
Junior Brandon Duffy helped keep CSU in check late in the game, allowing just one hit while striking out four in 2.2 scoreless innings. Freshman Zach Hoch threw a scoreless ninth, striking out two batters.
Milwaukee jumped out quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Despite striking out the side in the frame, Procner found himself down 2-0 after Hart singled, senior Rob Brockel walked and Berkovitz singled to load the bases. A fielding error during McCoy's at bat allowed the first two runs to score unearned.
Three Panthers turned in multi-hit efforts, led by Hart's second four-hit game of the year. Berkovitz went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while Wegner finished with two hits and two RBI's. McCoy tied his season-high with the three runs batted in. Josh Geric and Matt Madrid each had two hits for the Vikings.
The teams wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday, scheduled for a start time of 11 a.m. CST at Pipe Yard Stadium.