Milwaukee Baseball Records 11-3 Victory Over Wisconsin Lutheran
May 3, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Senior Doug Dekoning hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to an 11-3 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College Tuesday at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (19-22) jumped out to an early lead against the Warriors (17-19) before adding on to the advantage late, improving to 10-0 all-time in the series with the victory.
"It was a great opportunity to get everybody in the game," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "And for the most part, our pitchers threw strikes and we came up with some big hits. We ran the bases pretty well and kept the pressure on them, so that was good in that regard. But, we have been scuffling. The offense has been scuffling and the defense wasn't real clean today. We just have to start getting some positive things to happen and start feeling better about ourselves."
Senior Jayme Sukowaty (2-2) got the start and pitched well, allowing no earned runs in his five innings of work. He scattered five hits, walked a pair and struck out a career-best seven batters.
In the game, four UWM pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and the team added a season-best five stolen bases.
"Again, it was being able to get guys an opportunity to pitch that haven't been in there much and that was exactly what we got to do," Doffek said.
Dekoning got the scoring started early, hitting his sixth home run of the season in the first inning to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead. He capped his day in the eighth, blasting a three-run home run down the right field line for his second multi-home run game of the season (also against Arkansas March 4).
Up 3-0 in the fourth, UWM plated four runs on five consecutive hits to break it open. A double steal started the rally, with senior Sam Sivilotti breaking for home on freshman Sam Koenig's steal of second. Freshman Ryan Solberg added an RBI-single to center and was plated on freshman Derek Peake's single to right. Senior Cole Kraft closed out the scoring with a double to left that landed just inside the third base line to make it 7-0.
The Warriors struck for a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to break up the shutout.
For the game, UWM owned the hit column, 11-to-8, with Dekoning (2-for-4) and Koenig (2-for-3, triple, 2 runs) collecting multi-hit efforts. Josh Ferrell and Garrick Day each had two hits to lead WLC.
The Panthers return to the field Wednesday, embarking on the first of an eight-game road trip at Iowa. First pitch against the Hawkeyes is scheduled for 6 p.m.