Panthers Keep Rolling With 9-3 Win Over UIC
April 27, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Senior Cale Tassi allowed just one earned run and struck out six in his five innings of work and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team struck for five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-3 victory over UIC Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (17-16, 10-4 Horizon League) added two more runs in the second inning and kept the Flames (19-20, 8-9 Horizon League) at bay all day in recording their fourth win in the past four days.
"The first inning was huge," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "I thought Luke Meeteer's bunt for a base hit was big just to get some pressure on them right away and then we stacked three or four hits in a row. I thought we did a great job of battling with two strikes. Getting into the dugout up 5-0 in the second inning is a nice place to be."
Junior Sam Koenig paced a 13-hit attack with a perfect 4-for-4 day, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Sophomore Luke Meeteer was 3-for-5 and junior Pat Wilson had a pair of hits and drove in three.
"We're a completely different offense when those guys (Koenig and Meeteer) do what they are capable of doing," Doffek said. "It's encouraging, just the number of at bats they are able to get now day after day is really going to play into the hitter's hands."
Tassi battled through five innings, throwing 122 pitches to record the victory. He allowed six hits and a pair of runs - just one earned - while walking a pair to go with his six punchouts.
"It was a grind for him," Doffek said. "I think at some point, you are going to see him really figure it out. But again, you look at it, he gave up just one earned run in five innings. That's pretty good."
The offense set the tone for the day in the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate in scoring five runs on five hits. Sophomore Michael Porcaro had the first RBI with a single to left and, following a walk, Koenig laced a two-run single to left to make it 3-0. Wilson followed with the same, driving in two more with a single up the middle.
Milwaukee tacked on two more runs in its next at bat, with senior Will Fadness chipping in with an RBI-double and Koenig plating another with a double of his own.
UIC scored once in the fourth, but Tassi got out of the jam. With runners on second and third, he induced a pop up to third base to keep it at 7-2 at the time. The Panthers would close out the scoring with a run in the fourth on another hit by Wilson and the ninth tally in the fifth inning on a Porcaro sacrifice fly, his league-leading seventh of the season.
The Panthers will go for their fifth win in a row and a series sweep of the Flames Sunday, set to start at 1 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field.