Hoenecke's Home Run Leads Panthers Past Wildcats
May 9, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Senior Paul Hoenecke hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs to help lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a 6-4 victory over Northwestern University Wednesday at Miller Park.
The Panthers (20-24) used some timely hitting and eight pitchers to get past the Wildcats (16-31), tying the game in the third and going ahead for good on Hoenecke's third home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning.
"It was a great day to get some of our arms some work and we did a good job, for the most part, of throwing strikes from the fifth inning on," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "When you do that, you are going to be in good shape and we got a couple of key two-out hits that helped."
Freshman Joshua Uhen got the start and struck out three batters in his 2.0 innings of work, giving up just one hit. Freshman Justin Jaquish (2-1) picked up the victory, allowing one run in his 2.0 innings on the hill, striking out one. All told, the UWM staff gave up just two earned runs on the day, walking three and striking out eight.
Senior Jordan Guth worked around a one-out single in the top of the ninth to record his sixth save.
Zach Morton led Northwestern with a 3-for-5 day at the plate and teammate Jack Havey drove in three runs.
The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Striggow's single in the second, only to fall behind, 2-1, after NU plated a pair of runs in its half of the third. UWM quickly made it a new game, scoring on a passed ball in the bottom half of the frame.
Fadness led off the fourth with a single to right and Hoenecke then sent a 1-1 pitch into the ATI Tailgate section in right field to give Milwaukee the lead it would not relinquish.
The team returns to action this weekend, heading to play Butler in a weekend series starting on Friday.