Offensive Explosion Sends UWM To Doubleheader Sweep Of Bradley
April 21, 2010
PEORIA, Ill. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team combined for 32 runs and 34 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from Bradley University Wednesday night at O'Brien Field. The Panthers (15-16) defeated the Braves (11-21) by scores of 20-2 and 12-6 to claim the twinbill sweep. Game two was all Panthers from the start, scoring 20 runs in a seven-inning game for the second time this season. They jumped out to leads of 2-0 after one inning, 7-0 after two and 14-2 after three innings. However, the damage could have been worse, as Bradley did turn a double play in each of the first four innings.
"Right from the first inning today, our hitters established a good approach and made them work, not only for outs, but for strikes," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We talked about starting over and finding a more energized mental focus. And, we were very focused in the box and the pitchers did a good job as well."
At the end of the nightcap, junior Cole Kraft (4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI) and senior Ben Long (4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI) led the way, with every starter recording at least one hit and scoring one run. Senior Dan Buchholz finished 3-for-4, scored four times and drove in three. Senior Shaun Wegner was 2-for-3 and drove in a season-high four runs.
Freshman Jordan Guth (2-0) earned the win, allowing one earned run in three innings. Senior Bob Stone, junior Jayme Sukowaty, senior Lucas Annen and sophomore Kaleb Engelke combined for four scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
The Panthers broke open a 3-3 tie in the opener with a seven-run fourth inning, helped along by six consecutive hits at one point en route to the 12-6 victory.
Highlighting the contest was junior Sam Sivilotti, who went 4-for-4 and drove in a career-best five runs, including two on a deep home run to left in the top of the sixth. Senior Tim Patzman also had a strong day offensively, going 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. In addition to that pair of hitters, Buchholz, Kraft and juniors Doug Dekoning each had two hits.
"It was just one of those days where we repeated good at bat after good at bat," Doffek said. "Blohowiak did a great job. They started to inch back into the game and Sivilotti's home run and the job Greg did really took the wind out of their sails."
UWM jumped ahead 2-0 and 3-1, only to see Bradley tie the game each time. The decisive fourth started with a walk, followed by six-straight hits to break it open. Dekoning started the rally with an RBI-single and Buchholz greeted the next BU pitcher with a run-scoring double. Long plated two with a single past the shortstop and Sivilotti chased home Long and Patzman with a double to the center field wall.
The Braves did get two more back in the bottom of the fourth, but sophomore Greg Blohowiak came on in the fifth and shut the door. He earned his first career save with three strong innings of work, allowing just one unearned run on just one hit, striking out one. Junior Cuyler Franzke (3-4) did what was needed, getting the win with four innings, scattering seven hits and striking out one.
The Panthers remain on the road for the weekend, starting things out Friday at Youngstown State with a twinbill starting at 2 p.m. CST.