Panthers Hold On For 4-3 Victory Over Iowa
May 4, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Five pitchers combined to allow just four hits and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team threw out the tying run at third base to end the game in claiming a 4-3 victory over the University of Iowa Wednesday night at Duane Banks Field. The Panthers (20-22) led the Hawkeyes (16-26), 4-1, in the seventh before holding on for the one-run victory to extend their winning streak.
With two outs in the ninth, Iowa's Kurt Lee sent a line drive down the right field line that headed for the corner. Freshman Derek Peake got the ball in to senior Cole Kraft, who relayed a perfect throw to third base to get Lee and end the game.
"My immediate reaction was to just keep him on second and after Derek bobbled it just a bit, he tried for third," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "It was just an absolutely perfect relay and that was just what we needed - the third out. I thought it was going to be a really good day to hit - wind blowing out, nice warm conditions, but every one of our pitchers did a pretty good job of keeping the ball in the bottom half of the strike zone."
Junior Kaleb Engelke worked the ninth for his fifth save of the year. Sophomore Cale Tassi (4-2) got the start and earned the win, pitching four complete innings in making his first UWM start. He allowed just an unearned run on one hit, striking out three.
Sophomore Jordan Guth (1.2 IP, 1 hit), junior Greg Blohowiak (1.1 IP, 2 hits), senior Cuyler Franzke (1.0 IP, 2 K) and Engelke combined to shut down the Hawkeye offense, allowing just one earned run in the contest.
Freshman Tell Taylor led the offense, going 3-for-4 and driving in a pair of runs. His single up the middle with two outs in the seventh plated the eventual winning run.
The Panthers tied the game, 1-1, on an RBI-single from senior Doug Dekoning in the third and then took the lead for good with a two-run fifth. Kraft doubled in a run to start the scoring and Taylor singled to right to plate Kraft and make it 3-1 at the time.
"It wasn't great again but we got a couple of big hits, especially in that one inning," Doffek said. "We scored two and really left another one out there, but it was just enough. We had nine hits, but if you get timely hits, that's what counts."
Milwaukee again owned the hit column, 9-to-4, with Taylor the only player in the UWM lineup with more than one hit. Tyson Blaser was 2-for-3 to lead the Hawkeyes.
Tonight's game can be seen on tape-delay Friday at 1 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
The Panthers continue the road trip with a weekend series against Youngstown State, with the first game getting underway at 2 p.m. CST Friday.
"We just want to play good baseball," Doffek said. "That wasn't our best game, but we pitched well enough to win, so hopefully we can carry that into the weekend and really keep up the momentum."
All three games against the Penguins will air on the Horizon League Network.