Milwaukee Bounces Back For Split With Chicago State
May 6, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Senior Adam Ferrell struck out six batters in two innings to close out the game and give the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team a 4-3 victory over Chicago State University in game two of a doubleheader Tuesday at Henry Aaron Field. After losing the opener to the Cougars (8-42), the Panthers (17-30) trailed early in the nightcap before taking a 4-1 lead and held on from there. Ferrell struck out six of the seven batters he faced to record his fifth save of the season.
The UWM pitching staff combined to strike out 12 batters in the seven-inning game after tying the school-record with 15 K's this past Saturday against Valparaiso.
The Panthers trailed 1-0 after an inning, but got that back in the second on an RBI-single from senior John Sarcia. They added two more runs to their advantage in the third, plating one on a single by senior Nick Wichser and another on a single to right from sophomore Dan Buchholz.
Milwaukee would score in its third-consecutive inning, getting what proved to be a vital insurance run in the fourth to make it 4-1 at the time. Freshman Doug Dekoning walked, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a base hit by Sarcia and then scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Wes Munson.
The Cougars made it interesting in the fifth with two unearned runs, but Ferrell closed the door with those six-straight K's. That saved the win for junior Jordan Herbert (1-6), who struck out four and gave up a run in his three-inning start.
The Panthers had just seven hits in the game, led by two-hit efforts from Wichser (2-for-2), Buchholz (2-for-3) and Sarcia (2-for-3). Junior Shawn Wozniak had his career-best hitting streak come to a close at 16 games.
UMW jumped out to a huge 6-0 lead in the opener, with senior Jesse Hart driving in two with a double and senior Troy Vesling, Dekoning and Wozniak all adding run-scoring singles in a six-run second inning. Five of the six runs scored after there were two outs in the frame.
Chicago State plated two in the third and then took the lead at 7-6 with a five-run fifth, with all five runs coming across as unearned.
Milwaukee would tie the game with a manufactured run in the fifth when sophomore Shaun Wegner walked, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out to make it 7-7 at the time. CSU got two back in the sixth to retake the lead and then put the game away in the seventh on Josh Appelbaum's grand slam.
Wozniak paced the offense in the opener with two hits. Appelbaum and Matt Haug each drove in four to lead the Cougars.
Milwaukee returns to action tomorrow, playing UNI in a contest that will be both the last road game and non-conference game of the regular season. The match-up is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.