Strong Pitching Keys Baseball Split With Vikings
April 30, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Mike Schneider recorded the first shutout of his collegiate career to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 3-0 victory over Cleveland State University Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field. The Panthers (18-22, 9-7 Horizon League) again settled for the split after the Vikings (9-30, 2-14 Horizon League) won the opener, 5-0.
Schneider (4-2) did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high eight batters in the complete-game effort, scattering seven hits. He worked out of a pair of early jams before settling down, retiring 13 batters in a row at one point from the fourth through eighth innings.
"That is the way it has been all year, we seem to be finding a way to be mediocre," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Schneider pitched very well. His nemesis pretty much all season has been walks and beating himself. What trouble he has gotten into has been through base on balls and today he had none."
The offense scored a run in each inning from the fourth through the sixth, giving Schneider all the support he would need.
A sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Paul Hoenecke in the fourth opened the scoring. In the fifth, it was senior Chad Pierce's turn for a sac fly and then an RBI-single from sophomore Jonathan Capasso in the sixth closed out the scoring in the contest.
Schneider worked out of two early jams. Cleveland State opened the game with back-to-back singles and a double-steal put runners on second and third with no outs. A nice defensive play by freshman Tell Taylor at shortstop kept the runners where they were before Schneider recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the first.
In the top of the fourth, a hit batter and single put runners on the corners with just one out and a steal of second put both in scoring position. Taylor again made a great stop with the infield in to keep them there for out number two and another strikeout ended the threat.
"He (Schneider) came in and executed a few crucial pitches and Tell (Taylor) made a couple of great defensive plays with the infield in," Doffek said. "That put them on their heels a little bit and from that point forward he just pounded the strike zone with three pitches."
The Panthers managed eight hits of their own in the second game, with Taylor, Hoenecke and Capasso all going 2-for-3. John Calhoun and Tyler Winn were 2-for-4 to pace the Vikings.
Cleveland State's Anthony Sambula (3-6) was brilliant in the opener, giving up just one hit in the seven-inning complete-game effort. He walked a pair and struck out six, allowing only sophomore Nick Lingvay's double to lead off the fourth inning.
"Today was tough conditions to hit in [winds gusting straight in to 40 mph]," Doffek said. "We just didn't hit. Sambula did a great job. He mixed his pitches well and we could not get anything going at all."
The contest started as a pitcher's duel, but CSU opened it up when it plated a run in the sixth before tacking two more on in the seventh inning. Sambula and Alex Gnezda each had a pair of hits in the game.
Sophomore Jordan Guth (1-2) pitched well despite suffering the loss. He worked 5.1 innings, allowing two earned runs. He struck out seven but walked four.
The Panthers open May with one final home game before embarking on an eight-game road swing that starts Wednesday May 4 at Iowa. UWM's next contest is against Wisconsin Lutheran College May 3, with a first pitch of 4 p.m.