Panthers Claim 5-4 Extra Inning Win Over Wright State
May 7, 2004
DAYTON, OHIO - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee got four scoreless innings from the bullpen and overcame five errors in a 5-4 win over Wright State University in 11 innings here Friday (May 7). The Panthers pounded out 15 base hits in the game but scored the game-winning run on a balk in the top of the 11th inning. With the win Milwaukee improved to 20-23 overall and 8-8 in the league while the Raiders fell to 16-27 overall and 6-8 in league action.
Wright State opened up the scoring and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an opposite field home run by Ross Vagedes. UWM quickly tied the game in the top of the third on three hits and an error. Matt Alexander started the rally with a one-out single to right field. Charlie Reschke grounded the ball to second but WSU's Matt Barhorst threw the ball away, allowing the runners to move up a base. Stanczyk then tied the game with his single to right scored Alexander.
The two starters battled for the next three innings before the Panthers scored three in the top of the seventh to go ahead 4-1. Stanczyk roped a single up the middle and advanced to third on a double by Joe Nowicki. Ross McCoy provided the big blow with a two-run double down the left field line before another WSU error scored McCoy for the fourth run.
Unfortunately for Stanczyk his defense let him down in the fourth, allowing three unearned runs to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. The righthander allowed just one hit in the inning but two consecutive errors and a Chris Coleman sacrifice fly tied the game at four.
Both teams went to the pen in the eighth and the two relievers, Joe Smith for the Raiders and UWM's Leroy Pederson, worked out of jams in the eighth and ninth to send the game into extra innings. Milwaukee's Jeremy Wilson nearly gave UWM the lead in the 10th but his majestic shot down the left field line was ruled just foul.
Jed Dolske relieved in the bottom of the tenth and overcame UWM's fifth error of the game as he worked out of a bases loaded jam. Reschke led off the 11th with a walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Stanczyk. Both runners advanced and Stanczyk scored the eventual game-winning run when WSU's Joe Smith (1-2) was called for a balk. Joe Nowicki drove the next pitch to right center for his fourth hit of the game Zak Rivera grounded out to end the rally.
Dolske (3-3) allowed a single and a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the 11th but a groundout and a called strike three closed the deal. Nowicki finished the game 4-for-6 with a run while McCoy went 3-for-6 with three RBI.
The two teams will meet again Saturday (May 8) with a doubleheader set to begin at 11 a.m.