Warriors Claim Rare Victory Over Panthers
May 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College earned its first-ever victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team by a final score of 3-1 Wednesday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (17-23) were held in check all day by the Warriors (20-19) pitching staff, falling to 12-1 in the all-time series with the defeat.
Senior Ryan Solberg was the lone bright spot for the offense, finishing 3-for-4 with a run batted in. He added his 21st and 22nd stolen bases of the season as well and now has the season record of 24 in his sights.
Josh Ruppel (4-4) carried WLC to the win, pitching into the eighth inning in allowing just four hits and the one run. He walked three and struck out three. Jaime Paumen retired the final five batters for his first save of the year.
"I give their kid a lot of credit," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "He pitched really well and they played great defense behind him. We didn't do a very good job of making him elevate in the box. Eastman did a decent job, but you aren't going to win a game swinging the bats like that. Nothing is as important the mental health of a baseball team and, right now, we are in a bad place - and that falls on me."
Junior Gunnar Eastman (1-4) suffered the loss, pitching 8.0 innings in giving up the three runs. He walked a pair and added five strikeouts.
Freshman Eric Solberg was the only other Panther to record a hit, finishing 1-for-4.
Down, 3-0, UWM plated a run in the sixth and had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the seventh inning, but Paumen worked out of the jam after entering the game.
Up next, it's the final road trip of the regular season, heading to Michigan for a three-game set at Oakland University. Game one Friday is set to start at 2 p.m. CST.