Big Inning Sends Panthers To Sweep Of Penguins
May 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning and junior Mike Schneider picked up his league-leading eighth win of the season in an 8-3 victory over Youngstown State University Sunday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (26-19, 14-7 Horizon League) broke open a 1-1 game against the Penguins (14-37, 8-13 Horizon League) with the big inning. A pair of seniors led the charge on "Senior Day", helping the team improve to a perfect 11-0 at home in 2013 and complete the three-game weekend sweep.
Drew Pearson's sacrifice fly tied the game in the second inning at 1-1 and his double in the fourth inning plated the first run of seven in the decisive frame. Seniors Nick Lingvay and Alex Erdmann each had RBI's in the inning and that was the difference. Milwaukee sent 13 batters to the plate overall, coming up with five hits to make it 8-1 and never looked back.
"It was a great opportunity for those guys to get in there. They have been such a huge part of our program, some of them for five years," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We couldn't be happier for them - to be able to play in this game and then for them to produce like they did. It was a team effort the entire weekend - we swung the bats well, put some pressure on guys, got a couple of two-out hits, hit some balls over the fence a little bit, struck some guys out ... to be playing our best baseball at this time of the year is the goal."
Junior Mike Schneider (8-2) worked in and out of trouble all day, finishing with 102 pitches in his 5.0 innings, leaving with that 8-1 lead. He gave up just one run despite allowing four hits and walking four. He helped his cause by striking out four and picking two more runners off base - his league-leading 10th and 11th of the season (the next-closest league pitcher has three).
"He's been living on the edge for a while here," Doffek said. "I know he doesn't want to do that and we don't want him to either. But at the end of the day, it's about results and he's finding a way to do that - making big pitches when he has to and then we put up a zero again today in the error column."
The Panthers had just nine hits of their own on the day, led by a 3-for-4 effort by junior Pat Wilson, who scored a run and also drove one in. Erdmann finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI and Pearson finished with one hit and two runs batted in.
Up next, Milwaukee wraps up the regular season Tuesday, hosting Northern Illinois in a doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field, with game one starting at 3 p.m.