Late Surge Gets Panthers Past Youngstown State, 9-5
May 14, 2006
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team scored eight runs in the final three innings on Sunday, defeating Youngstown State 9-5 to take the final game of the weekend series. The Panthers (27-22, 15-12 Horizon) outhit the Penguins (24-27, 14-13 Horizon) by a 15-13 count in a game that featured a rain delay of 2:05 in the top of the eighth inning.
Senior Rick Cavaiani (7-1) won his sixth-consecutive decision, allowing just two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out just one.
The Penguins did get to Cavaiani for two runs in the first and led 3-1 in the seventh before UWM got back in the game. The Panthers did it in a big way, scoring five runs in the frame on the strength of three hits and two YSU errors. An error and hit batter put two runners on for junior Rob Brockel, who knocked in a run with a single to right field. Senior Zak Rivera followed with another run-scoring single before junior Kyle Silver added a sacrifice fly. The team added two more runs on the second fielding error of the inning to give it a 6-3 lead.
Rivera finished with a team and season-high four base hits. Hart was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and Nowicki had two hits and two runs batted in. Goetz had a hit and scored a run, extending his team-record hitting streak to 29 games. For the Penguins, Brandon Caipen led four players with more than one hit with a 5-for-5 effort.
The Panthers return home for one final time this regular season, playing host to Chicago State at Henry Aaron Field at 5 p.m. Tuesday.