Bushong Sparks Panthers To Sweep Of Vikings
April 27, 2003
MILWAUKEE - Aaron Bushong carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and wound up allowing just one run and three hits in eight innings as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat Cleveland State, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
Bushong, who had lost his last three decisions and had allowed 12 runs in his last 6 2/3 innings of work, donned team-ace Mikel Schaefer's number-23 jersey in an effort to change his luck. He proceeded to retire 18 batters in a row after Justin Poletti reached on an error with two outs in the first. Brian Beaumier then broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single to center field in the seventh.
The Panthers (20-15, 8-4 Horizon League) have now won seven-straight league games after sweeping the four-game series from the Vikings (7-25, 1-10) and have moved within one game of idle UIC for the top spot in the Horizon League. UWM has also beaten Cleveland State eight-straight times.
UWM opened the scoring in the first while benefiting from two of Cleveland State's four errors. After Troy Doering started the inning with a double, Dave Pudlosky reached on a one-out error, scoring Doering. Sam Jansen then brought home Pudlosky on a fielder's choice.
The Panthers extended their lead with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Ben Stanczyk reached on a single and eventually came around on a David Michna single. The fifth-inning tally came on a run-scoring single by Steve Sanfilippo.
Cleveland State's lone run came in the eighth on a run-scoring ground ball by Cory Rojeck.
Stanczyk allowed two baserunners before retiring the side in the ninth inning for his fourth save.
Viking starter Matt Kaltenbach (4-4) tossed his third complete game of the season, allowing nine hits and four runs.
Doering had two hits to lead the Panthers offensively, while Beaumier collected two hits to lead Cleveland State.
UWM returns to action Tuesday, playing a single game at Northwestern at 3 p.m. The Panthers' busy week continues Wednesday with a single game at Northern Illinois before they open a four-game league series Friday afternoon at Detroit.