Late Rally Sends Panthers To Comeback Victory
May 5, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - Paul Hoenecke drove in the go-ahead run and Phil Striggow followed with a three-run home run to help send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 7-4 victory over UIC Saturday night at Les Miller Field.
The Panthers (19-24, 12-11 Horizon League) trailed the Flames (16-28, 9-14 Horizon League) by a run late, but scored five runs in the eighth inning to claim their second-straight win in the weekend series.
Junior Cale Tassi started but did not factor in the decision. He worked six-plus innings, allowing three runs, all earned. He walked three and struck out five.
Sophomore Sam Koenig was 2-for-3, helping UWM come back from a pair of deficits by driving in runs that tied the game in both the sixth and eighth innings, He continues his incredible streak at the plate and is now 34-for-72 (.472) with 17 runs scored and 16 RBI since April 1.
"He's been really good at slowing the game down and staying in the moment," Doffek said. "He's just been putting a nice swing on the baseball and that has been the difference the past month."
Striggow finished with two hits, with all three of his runs batted in coming on his fourth home run of the season. Freshman Luke Meeteer added another two-hit game (2-for-4) and sophomore Ryan Solberg also finished 2-for-4.
Senior Kaleb Engelke came up big in the eighth, coming on from the bullpen with the bases loaded and just one out after the Flames had scored a run. With the tying run at the plate, he recorded a huge strikeout and then closed out a 10-pitch battle by inducing a foul-out to first base.
"Those are high-intensity pitches right there," Doffek said. "We were leaning towards the same type of game as yesterday and he came in there and got that big strikeout."
Down, 2-0, after being held without a hit for the first five innings by UIC's Brian Evak, Milwaukee not only broke up the no-hit bid, but tied the game in the sixth inning.
Solberg led off the frame with a solid single to left. After another single by junior Nick Lingvay, a walk to Meeteer loaded the bases with nobody out. A double-play scored the first run before sophomore Koenig came up with a clutch two-out hit to center that tied the game.
The Panthers and Flames close out the weekend series Sunday with a first pitch of 1 p.m.