Late Rally Sends Milwaukee Baseball To Seventh-Straight Victory
May 1, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Nick Unes doubled, stole third and came home on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Chicago State University Wednesday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (20-16) trailed the Cougars (6-32) by two runs in the seventh, but rallied in that frame to tie the contest and went ahead in the eighth inning on Unes' heads-up baserunning.
"It was evident throughout the game that our energy level was down, but that is always a risk when you play a day game after a night game, especially when you have been playing as much as we have," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "And then you mix in the players having to go to class at the same time. I think we sleep-walked in the batter's box a bit, but we did do a good job of pitching the baseball."
After just missing a home run off the wall down the right field line and stopping at second, Unes alertly stole third when no one was covering the base on sophomore Luke Meeteer's sac bunt attempt on the first pitch of the at bat. Once he safely reached third, he promptly raced home with the eventual winning run on Meeteer's line-out to center field.
"It was a really heads-up play and ultimately what probably won the game," Doffek said. "That is what Nick is going to do - he plays the entire game the whole time. That is a huge play for anyone - a freshman, a fifth-year senior - anybody, that was just a heads-up play."
Sophomore Josh Uhen closed the door in the ninth with his third save of the season, making a winner out of junior Mike Schneider (7-2). Schneider was on for the eighth, working a 1-2-3 frame with one strikeout.
Unes finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored, while sophomore Michael Porcaro added a 2-for-3 effort.
Freshman Jake Tuttle made his first collegiate start, working the first 5.0 innings. He allowed three runs, all earned, on six hits. He walked no one and struck out six batters.
"Jake gave us a good start and our bullpen did a really good job," Doffek said. "We made some really good plays on defense - once again we had zero errors and that is huge for us."
Sophomore Justin Jaquish chipped in with a pair of scoreless innings, not allowing a hit after Chicago State had taken that 3-1 advantage.
Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead on an RBI-single from senior Jonathan Capasso in the third. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Cougars struck for three runs on four hits in the top of the fourth, including a run-scoring double-steal. UWM tied the game in the seventh, scoring twice on an RBI-groundout from Capasso.
The Panthers go for their first eight-game winning streak since April of 2011 tomorrow, hosting Cardinal Stritch in a home game set to start at 2 p.m.