Baseball Opens Weekend Series At Butler With 7-3 Victory
May 11, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Junior Eric Semmelhack pitched seven shutout innings and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth inning to hand Butler University a 7-3 setback Friday afternoon at Bulldog Park.
The Panthers (21-24, 13-11 Horizon League) were on their way to a shutout before the Bulldogs (21-28, 9-16 Horizon League) plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Semmelhack (5-6) rolled through the first seven frames, allowing just three hits while striking out eight and walking two. Only one batter reached second base, and that came in the sixth inning with two outs.
"That result starts with Erik Semmelhack on the mound," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "He was outstanding from the onset and really looked crisp. Offensively, we executed some pressure plays and came up with some clutch RBI's in the middle part of that game. I really like the way we have been playing and hopefully tomorrow we can come out with that same focus."
The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead in the first on an RBI-single from junior Will Fadness. They tacked on from there, plating a run in the third on a single by sophomore Ryan Solberg and again in the fifth on a sac fly from senior Phil Striggow.
They broke it open in the sixth. Following back-to-back singles by junior Nick Lingvay and freshman Luke Meeteer, a pair of errors helped add to a pair of groundout RBI's to extend the advantage to 7-0.
It stayed that way until the ninth, when Butler staged a late rally. Junior Jake Long was called on to close out the contest and record his first save of the season.
Fadness ended the night with two hits and two runs batted in. Solberg, Lingvay and freshman Michael Porcaro were all 2-for-5 and junior Jonathan Capasso also added a 2-for-4 outing.
The teams continue the weekend series tomorrow, with a first pitch of 12 p.m. CST.