Capasso Adds 200th Career Hit In 2-1 Victory Over Minnesota
May 8, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Senior Jonathan Capasso recorded the 200th hit of his career and five pitchers combined on a three-hitter to send the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 2-1 victory over the University of Minnesota Wednesday afternoon at Siebert Field.
The Panthers (23-19) broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh and ended the game with some drama, tagging the tying run out at the plate with two outs in the ninth to secure the victory over the Golden Gophers (28-16).
"We certainly don't make it easy, but I think anytime you go on the road, especially in the Big Ten, and get a `W' you have to be really happy and we are," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said.
With the victory, Milwaukee also completed a season sweep of its three Big Ten opponents, previously topping Northwestern and Iowa earlier this spring.
Capasso, who went 3-for-4 on the day, became the ninth player in program history to record at least 200 career hits when he legged out an infield single to third base in the fourth inning.
Sophomore Joshua Uhen pitched the ninth for his fourth save. A leadoff walk was sacrificed to second, went to third on a fly ball and attempted to score on a wild pitch, but freshman catcher Mitch Ghelfi made a great play to throw to Uhen covering, tagging out the runner to end the contest.
Freshman Brian Keller (2-1) worked two innings to pick up the victory. After a walk, error and single loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, Keller calmly worked out of trouble. Facing the top of the order, he got a strikeout for out number one, a fly ball to right for out number two and finished it off with a lazy ground ball to second to retire the side.
"I thought Tyler (Thicke) did a good job starting the game outing up some zeroes," Doffek said. "Keller worked himself into a little bit of trouble, but then he really made some great pitches and got us in the dugout."
The go-ahead run scored in the seventh. Junior Ryan Solberg, who finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, doubled with one out and, after going to third on a groundout, was able to continue right on to home plate after the throw to third to try and get him there went past the fielder and into foul territory down the left field line.
"We talk about that play, trying to get to third base with one out after the throw is made from the left side of the infield - making the first baseman be accurate with his throw," Doffek said. "And, he did it and the ball got by and ended up being the winning run."
In the fifth, Minnesota had two on with just one out, but Schneider came up with a big pair of strikeouts to get out of the jam.
Both teams scored their only other runs in the second inning. For the Panthers, they strung together three base hits in a row by senior Will Fadness, Capasso and Ghelfi and then scored on a double play. The Gophers answered in their half, plating a run on a sac fly after two walks and a single had loaded the bases.
The Panthers open an important three-game Horizon League series next, at home against Youngstown State. Game one gets underway at 3 p.m. Friday at Henry Aaron Field.