Panthers Pound MSOE For Seventh-Straight Victory
May 9, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team won its seventh-consecutive game on Wednesday night, scoring seven runs in the fifth inning to cruise to a 17-7 victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering at Henry Aaron Field. The Panthers (19-26) trailed 4-2 in the second inning against the Raiders (6-26) before breaking out.
"Well, it wasn't easy early," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "Their pitcher really came out and commanded a couple of different pitches before we got a couple of key two-out hits and put some pressure on them. Then the floodgates opened and we were fine."
Not only did Milwaukee push its season-high win streak to seven games, but also scored 10 or more runs once again, extending the program record to seven as well. The team has now outscored its opponents 83-19 in the past seven games.
The Panthers actually trailed 4-2 in the second inning, but plated two in the bottom of the third on freshman Wes Munson's double to knot the score.
They took the lead in the fourth, scoring on an error and senior Ross McCoy's sacrifice fly to take a 6-4 advantage. The knockout punch was delivered next, as UWM sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth, using five hits and two MSOE errors in the seven-run uprising.
Senior Kyle Silver started the spree with a two-run triple and scored on a wild pitch. After two Raider miscues extended the inning, McCoy, junior Troy Vesling and freshman Shaun Wegner all came through with run-scoring singles to make it 13-4.
The team wasn't done there, adding four more in the sixth on a single off the bat of junior Grant Berkovitz and a bases-loaded double from McCoy that scored three.
Freshman Zach Hoch (1-0) recorded the win, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of senior starter Mike Rauwerdink. Hoch struck out three, walked two and gave up four hits.
"Zach wasn't as sharp as he could be, but he did what we needed him to do and then our offense took over," Doffek said.
Every starter in the UWM line-up had at least one hit, with Silver leading the 16-hit attack with a 4-for-5 night. He missed hitting for the cycle by one, finishing with a triple, double, two singles, three runs scored and two runs batted in.
McCoy added two hits and had a season-best five RBIs and has now raised his season average from .220 to .301 since May 1. Sophomore Josh Groves, Munson and Vesling all ended with two hits apiece. Each of the first four batters in the Milwaukee order scored three runs. Groves also entered the record book, tying the Milwaukee record for steals in a game with three. Justin Gross led MSOE with a 3-for-4 night.
The Panthers improved to 9-1 since May 1 and went 10-3 on the 13-game homestand that concluded tonight. They are an impressive 19-12 since that 0-14 start.
It's back to Horizon League play for UWM, who will head to Ohio for a four-game set with Youngstown State this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader Friday and Saturday, with Friday's twinbill scheduled for a 2 p.m. CST start.
"We will try to go into a big weekend series with that momentum and try and hold it," Doffek said. "Hopefully we can hold it into the tournament. That will be the key."