Panthers Hang On For 7-5 Victory Over Youngstown State
April 26, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team jumped out to a 7-1 advantage before hanging on for a 7-5 victory over Youngstown State University Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (16-17, 8-6 Horizon League) topped the Penguins (8-28, 3-10 Horizon League) for the second straight game, overcoming 11 walks on the day from a pitching staff that bent but did not break, stranding 16 YSU runners on base.
"It was a struggle," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We just didn't throw enough strikes. To be honest with you, we really didn't deserve to win that game. But we did enough offensively early in the game and that was good to see."
The victory improves UWM to 8-1 at home this season, making it 24 wins in their past 25 games in Milwaukee.
"You can't put that many people on base," Doffek said. "Our guys have been so good the past three or four weeks not walking people, so it was surprising. But, you know what? These are college athletes - it's very cold out and not an easy day to have control and I think it got a little bit mental. I look forward to tomorrow, I'm sure it's going to be a lot better."
The offense banged out 10 hits on the day, led by a 3-for-4 effort from senior Pat Wilson, who homered and drove in two. Fellow senior Ryan Solberg continues to swing a hot bat as well, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
An early lead once again set the tempo, as the Panthers scored once in the first and a pair of runs in each of the second and third innings to build a 5-0 lead that eventually grew to 7-1 after four.
Solberg ripped an RBI-single in the first and UWM scored on a throwing error and sac fly in the second. Solberg doubled in the third and came home on Wilson's home run to right, his third of the season.
YSU got one back in the fourth, but Milwaukee quickly responded with two more to push the advantage to six runs at 7-1. Junior Derek Peake doubled in a run and junior Mike Porcaro added a sac fly on a line drive to the centerfielder.
From there, things got a little shaky. The Penguins scored once in the fifth but left the bases loaded. In the sixth, YSU scored two more runs, this time without the benefit of a hit as three walks, a hit batter and a fielder's choice made it 7-4 on the scoreboard.
In the eighth, Youngstown threatened again, all with two outs. Junior Tell Taylor came on in relief, getting out of that jam in the eighth and another in the ninth inning as YSU put runners on second and third and had the go-ahead run at the plate before a pair of strikeouts ended it.
Junior Cody Peterson got the start but only lasted through four innings due to an injury situation. Junior Justin Jaquish (2-1) picked up the win, allowing one run in 2.2 innings of relief, walking none and striking out three. The save for Taylor was his second of the season.
Milwaukee looks for the weekend sweep tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 12 noon.