Panthers Extend Winning Streak To Five Games
May 12, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team pounded out 20 hits en route to a 14-5 victory over Butler University Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Park. In the end, every starter had at least one hit on the day.
The Panthers (22-24, 14-11 Horizon League) led, 6-0, before the Bulldogs (21-29, 9-17 Horizon League) got on the board, and eventually held a 14-2 advantage prior to a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning.
"Today was just a great team win," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "We had an excellent approach in the batter's box all day and we were competitive and productive up-and-down the lineup. Cake Tassi did a good job of limiting the big inning early in that game and we were able to keep tacking on. At this point, we look forward to tomorrow and another opportunity to compete."
Senior Jim Lundstrom added his name to the UWM record book, tying the school record with three doubles in a game as part of a 3-for-5 day, driving in a run and scoring three times.
Junior Will Fadness (3-for-5) and sophomore Sam Koenig (2-for-4, 2 runs) also contributed with multi-hit efforts. Senior Phil Striggow recorded his team-leading fifth home run of the season and freshman Luke Meeteer extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Junior Cale Tassi (4-5) was the beneficiary of the strong offensive support, providing five solid innings to earn the victory. He allowed five hits and two runs, walking a pair and striking out six.
The Panthers once again took the lead before even taking the field, scoring a pair of runs in the first on an RBI-double by Fadness and a sac fly by Hoenecke.
They essentially put the game away in the second, scoring four more runs on three hits to lead, 6-0. The most impressive part was that the entire rally came after two outs and nobody on base. Lundstrom doubled, Meeteer walked and Porcaro ran out an infield single that scored a run. A balk plated the second run and two more came in on a single off the bat of Hoenecke.
Milwaukee will go for the series sweep Sunday, with game three scheduled to start at 11 a.m. CST at Bulldog Park.