UWM Offense Sputters In Doubleheader Loss To Cleveland State
April 24, 2004
CLEVELAND, OHIO - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee managed just five base hits on the day in dropping a doubleheader to Cleveland State University by identical 5-0 scores in Horizon League baseball action here Saturday (Apr. 24). UWM had just 11 men reach base in the two seven-inning games while being shut out for the fifth and sixth times this season. The Panthers dropped to 14-20 overall and 5-6 in the Horizon League while CSU improved to 9-20 overall and 7-4 in league action.
UWM came out of the gates hitting and loaded the bases in the top of the first inning of game one. Ben Stanczyk walked with two outs before Matt Alexander and Charlie Reschke singled. However on the Reschke single to center field Stanczyk was thrown out at the plate trying to score in what turned out to be the Panther's best shot at scoring all day.
The two teams failed to score in the first three innings as UWM's Aaron Bushong and CSU's Gary Ball were matched up in a pitchers dual. The scoreless tie ended in the bottom of the fourth when the Vikings plated three runs which proved to be more than enough. Gian Testa drove in the first run of the game with a single before Jim Waller knocked home two more with a two-run double. The Vikings added two insurance runs in the fifth inning thanks in part to a solo home run by Cory Rojeck.
Ball improved to 2-3 on the season with his complete-game, three-hitter. Aaron Bushong fell to 2-5 on the year as he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Leroy Pederson worked 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while Alexander, Reschke, and Zak Rivera notched the three Panther hits.
Things didn't fare much better for Milwaukee in the second game as the visitors managed just two base hits in dropping the nightcap 5-0. Alexander provided the only offense for UWM as he went 2-3 on the game with base hits coming in the fourth and sixth innings. Mike Ochwat (2-2) pitched the complete game shutout while allowing just two hits and striking out five.
Shortstop Ben Smith led Cleveland State offensively with two hits and an RBI while rightfielder Ryan Dukovich added a hit and three runs driven in. Korey Keller (3-4) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in five innings. Jed Dolske came on to pitch a scoreless sixth inning.
UWM will look to salvage a weekend split with the Vikings when the two teams play again on Sunday (Apr. 25). First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill Park.