Pitching Leads Detroit To Sweep Of Panthers
May 4, 2003
DETROIT, Mich. - Detroit pitchers shut down the offensive attack of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee en route to a 6-2 and 4-1 doubleheader sweep of the Panthers Sunday afternoon at the James K. Campbell Athletic Complex.
With the losses, the Panthers (21-19, 9-7 Horizon) fell into third place in the Horizon League, one game behind idle Butler and three games behind first-place UIC. It also marked the first series win by Detroit over UWM since 1998 - also the last time the Panthers were swept in a league doubleheader until Sunday.
In all, Titan hurlers allowed just three runs and six hits in 16 innings of play Sunday. UWM, which entered play Sunday hitting .300 as a team, didn't get a hit in the first game until the fifth inning and had just one hit through six innings of the second game.
Detroit (13-23, 7-8) wasted little time in jumping on UWM starter Aaron Bushong (2-7) in the second game in its effort to record the sweep. The Titans scored a run in the first on a Tim Poley single, then added two more runs in the second thanks to a bloop single by Jimmy Embree and a double steal that plated a run.
The Titans added another run in the fifth for insurance while Detroit starter Matt Speiss (3-1) controlled the Panthers. He allowed just one hit in the first six innings and wound up allowing just three in 8 2/3 innings.
Reliever Tim Andrzejak entered the game with two outs in the ninth after the Panthers loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-batsmen. Troy Doering drew a walk to drive in one run before Charlie Reschke grounded out to end the game.
Game one was decided in the bottom of the third inning. Roger Wechter staked the Titans to a 2-0 lead with a home run to right-center. Then, with two outs, a throwing error by Ben Stanczyk at third allowed three runs to score and pushed the advantage to 5-0.
The Panthers rallied with a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Stanczyk and then pulled within 5-2 on an RBI single by Cannon in the fifth. UWM then had the bases loaded with no outs later in the fifth, but Doering grounded into a 1-2-3 double play and Steve Sanfilippo struck out to end the threat. UWM then left two more runners on in the sixth while Detroit added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning.
The Panthers then went quietly in the seventh against Detroit starter Omar Diaz. Diaz (3-3) allowed just three hits while striking out four to claim the win. UWM starter Korey Keller (3-3) allowed nine hits and three earned runs in taking the loss.
UWM returns to action Tuesday, playing at Valparaiso in a 3 p.m. contest.