Panthers Break Out For 8-3 Win Over Youngstown
May 9, 2003
MILWAUKEE - Mikel Schaefer claimed his team-leading sixth win of the year and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee broke out of an offensive slump as the Panthers claimed an 8-3 victory over Youngstown State Friday night in the opener of a four-game series at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (22-20, 10-7 Horizon), who had hit just .107 in their last three contests, pounded out 11 hits and controlled the contest after a five-run third inning while also taking advantage of five Penguin errors.
Schaefer (6-1) allowed just two earned runs and seven hits while striking out six in recording his fourth complete game of the season.
Troy Doering, Steve Sanfilippo and Dave Pudlosky had two hits apiece for the Panthers, who have won seven-straight home games and stayed within one game of second-place Butler and three games of first-place UIC with the win. Youngstown State (23-24, 11-10) got two hits apiece from Adam Cox and Justin Banks while remaining in fourth place with the loss.
UWM added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Jeff Pitrof and scored two more times in the seventh thanks to two more Penguin errors.
YSU scored once in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Hannan and two more times in the eighth on a home run to left field by Cox.
Penguin starter Eric Shaffer allowed eight runs and 11 hits in six-plus innings of work.
The two teams continue their series Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.