UWM Win Streak Extended With Unprecedented Offensive Explosion
May 8, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team extended its winning streak to six games on Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of Chicago State at Henry Aaron Field. The Panthers (18-26) beat the Cougars (3-41) by scores of 10-2 and 12-1 and have now scored 10 or more runs in each of their past six games.
"I told our team [after the game] that this is the proudest I have been of any of our teams here," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "The way we came out today and played - the whole package - we swung the bats, we took logical swings, we understood counts, we ran the bases aggressively, we played good defense and the pitchers threw strikes."
Milwaukee did set a new program record (NCAA Division I era) with the six-game explosion, topping the former mark of five-straight games with 10 or more runs set during the 2001 season. It pounded out 24 hits in the two games while the pitching staff combined for three earned runs in 14 innings, striking out 10 on the day.
"We were scuffling there for quite a while offensively and it's been much better," Doffek said. "We don't have one-through nine going, but it's getting pretty close. It's been fun to watch."
The Panthers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning of game two on junior Grant Berkovitz's fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot that came with two outs.
After scoring a run in the second to make it 3-0, they added the knock-out blow with a five-run third inning. Senior Ross McCoy's double cleared the bases and freshman Shaun Wegner and junior Troy Vesling each drove in a run to make it 8-0 at the time.
It was Wegner again in the sixth that put them over the 10-run plateau, as his triple to right center scored McCoy, Berkovitz and senior Rob Brockel, who had all singled in the frame to load the bases.
Sophomore Tim Hoy (1-2) enjoyed the support, throwing four innings in allowing the one run in the 12-1 decision. He gave up just two hits and struck out three. Sophomore Jordan Herbert threw a scoreless inning with one strikeout and junior Ben McClarey struck out three in his two innings of work.
Brockel was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Berkovitz finished 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs and McCoy also had two hits, two runs scored and drove in two. Wegner finished with a game and career-high four RBIs. Sophomore Shawn Wozniak reached base all four trips with two walks and two hits. CSU was paced by Luke Grow, who went 2-for-3.
Game one had a similar ring to it, as UWM jumped out to a 5-0 lead by scoring in each of the first three innings on its way to the 10-2 win. Brockel, Wegner, Groves and McCoy all drove in runs, with Groves' double in the second plating two.
Senior Kyle Silver broke the game open with a grand slam in the fifth inning, a shot to left center that marked his first home run in a Milwaukee uniform.
Despite 11 hits and at least one from every spot in the line-up, McCoy was the only player with more than one. He finished 3-for-4 and is now hitting .545 (18-for-30) in the month of May. Bryan Packard was 2-for-2 to lead Chicago State, which totaled just five hits in the contest.
Milwaukee concludes its 13-game homestand Wednesday night with a contest against the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Panthers and Raiders are set for a first pitch of 7 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field.