UWM Overcomes Slow Start To Finish Off Sweep Of Butler
May 13, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team overcome an early five-run deficit and scored the final 13 runs of the game Sunday in defeating Butler University, 13-5, at Bulldog Park.
The Panthers (23-24, 15-11 Horizon League) found themselves in a hole after the Bulldogs (21-30, 9-18 Horizon League) scored two in the first and three more in the second inning to lead, 5-0. But, three runs in the sixth inning and a six-run rally in the seventh turned the tide and helped complete the weekend sweep of the league matchup.
The offense pounded out 21 more hits Sunday, led by a 4-for-5 day from senior Paul Hoenecke, who doubled twice, scored three times and drove in a pair.
Junior Will Fadness also had two doubles as part of his 3-for-5 day, scoring three times. Senior Phil Striggow (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) added a solid day at the plate and sophomore Ryan Solberg enjoyed a stellar outing with three hits (tying his career-best) and a career-best four runs batted in.
Senior Jim Lundstrom had two hits, two RBI and stole a pair of bases and freshman Luke Meeteer added a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He also stole his 13th base of the season to pull into a tie for the league lead.
Freshman Eric King did not factor in the decision, but we came on in the second inning and pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, walking none and striking out six, to help keep the game in check. Senior Greg Blohowiak (2-1) did earn the victory, working 3.0 scoreless innings without allowing a hit. He also did not walk a batter and struck out four.
"We did another phenomenal job of stacking quality at-bats together today, but the game ball goes to Eric King," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "He came in, down 5-0 in the second, and throws four scoreless innings. That allowed us to chip away until we busted it open in the eighth. It was a great series - exceptional focus and energy from the entire team this weekend."
Held scoreless until the top of the sixth, UWM finally broke through with three runs on five hits, with back-to-back doubles by Fadness and Hoenecke getting them on the board. Striggow and Solberg singled in runs, but the rally fizzled there.
The Panthers were right back at it in the seventh, with three straight singles loading the bases with one out. Junior Jonathan Capasso walked to force in a run in front of Solberg, who singled in a pair of runs that gave UWM the 6-5 lead. Lundstrom doubled in a pair and scored on an error following a stolen base to wrap up the inning.
Up next, the Panthers close out the season at home, taking on Northern Illinois midweek (Tuesday at 4 p.m.) and Wright State. First game against the Raiders starts at 4 p.m. Thursday.