Keller Extends Win Streak To Six With Big Victory Over Iowa
April 30, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sophomore Luke Meeteer set the tone for the offense with a leadoff home run and freshman Brian Keller took a no-hitter into the fifth inning as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team topped the University of Iowa, 10-3, Tuesday evening at Duane Banks Field.
The Panthers (19-16) knocked off the Hawkeyes (16-23) to record their sixth straight victory on the season and second in less than a week over a Big Ten foe after shutting out Northwestern last Wednesday.
"That was exactly what we needed with his performance," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Brian was effectively wild, but made some big pitches. We have five more games coming up in a row and he really set the tone. We were hoping for sure to get six innings out of him - because our bullpen is beyond tired - and he gives us all nine."
Keller (1-0), making his first collegiate start, did not allow a hit until the third batter of the fifth inning and finished with the complete-game effort. He faced the minimum through the first four frames, helped along by three runners thrown out stealing by freshman catcher Mitch Ghelfi.
"A lot of credit goes to our offense, which allowed him to go out there and relax," Doffek said. "I think Mitch Ghelfi had a lot to do with it too, throwing those runners out early in the game. Those were huge momentum plays after they get leadoff runners on a few times."
Keller got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth to keep the Hawkeyes at bay, finishing the game strong by allowing just one hit and no runs over the final three innings. He walked three, allowed three runs on five hits and struck out one batter on the night.
Meeteer launched the second pitch of the game over the scoreboard in left field. That jump-started the offense as UWM scored in four of the first five innings, including a big five-run outburst in the fifth.
Senior Alex Erdmann added a two-run home run in the third - the first of his collegiate career. Junior Pat Wilson doubled in a pair in the fourth and also had an RBI-double in the fifth. That UWM rally included an RBI-single off the bat of junior Ryan Solberg and a double by Ghelfi that also plated a pair of runs to make it 10-0 at the time.
All nine starters for the Panthers had at least one hit in the game, led by Meeteer (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Wilson (3-for-5, 3 RBI), who tied a school record with three doubles in a game.
"You can see Luke is coming out of it the past few days and he really smoked that ball. That ball was gone anywhere," Doffek said. "Pat Wilson continues to swing the bat really well and I thought, up-and-down the lineup, we had good at bats the first half of the game."
Solberg finished with two hits and two runs scored and senior Will Fadness was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Up next, it's no rest for the Panthers, as they head home tonight and are back at Henry Aaron Field tomorrow for a 2 p.m. contest against Chicago State.