Panthers Top Pioneers With Strong Team Effort
April 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Sophomore Gunner Eastman threw five innings of no-hit ball and the offense used a big first inning to help the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 17-3 victory over Carroll University Thursday in the first game played at Henry Aaron Field this season.
Eastman (1-1) put in an impressive effort, striking out a career-high six batters in his five-inning outing. He earned the victory, which was also the first of his collegiate career with the strong effort.
The Panthers (15-16) pounded out 18 hits against the Pioneers (11-14), scoring a season-high run total in the contest. It was a busy day for both rosters, with 17 players seeing action for UWM and 21 for Carroll.
"It was just a really good team win, up-and-down," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "It was great to get some of our pitchers some work that haven't had the opportunity. We have a lot of ballgames coming up, so those guys are going to be critical to the success of this team."
Junior Pat Wilson and senior Will Fadness had the biggest days at the plate, with Wilson going 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two runs batted in. Fadness finished 3-for-5, knocking in a pair and scoring twice. Junior Ryan Solberg had two hits - including his third home run - and also scored twice and had two RBI.
Freshman Brian Keller did a nice job in relief, throwing two hitless innings of his own while adding three strikeouts. Freshman Justin Langley pitched the sixth and freshman Jonathan Nick made his collegiate debut when he worked the ninth inning.
Offensively, Milwaukee sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning. It put the game away in the frame, scoring 11 runs on 10 hits. In fact, Porcaro, Koenig and Capasso all went 2-for-2 in the frame.
The Panthers remain at home for a three-game Horizon League series against UIC. The opener is set for 3 p.m. Friday.