Fadness Caps Perfect 13-0 Home Slate With Walkoff Win
May 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Senior Will Fadness singled with the bases loaded to score the winning run and give the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team a thrilling 2-1 walk-off victory over Northern Illinois University in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday evening at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (28-19) claimed a win over the Huskies (21-30) by a score of 10-2 in the opener and completed their home schedule in 2013 at a perfect 13-0. Dating back to last season, that gives the team 16 consecutive victories on its home field.
"Our guys have just done a great job of staying in the moment and executing," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "If you look at that last game, it looked pretty grim, but we found a way to scrape it out. It's great to see a senior come through when we needed him. We were fortunate to find a way to get a `W' there."
UWM found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard late, trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning of a seven-inning contest. The team loaded the bases in that frame, but Fadness grounded into a double play in front of a wild pitch that plated the tying run.
It was his turn again in the eighth, this time to be the hero. After sophomore Derek Peake led off with a triple to right center, NIU chose to intentionally walk sophomores Luke Meeteer and Michael Porcaro to face Fadness with a force out at any base. After working the count full, the senior laced a single up the middle for the walk-off winner.
That gave the victory to sophomore Joshua Uhen (1-0), who worked a pair of scoreless innings. Junior Tyler Thicke again came up with a solid effort, throwing a scoreless pair of innings in relief of freshman starter Brian Keller.
Keller allowed just three hits in his 4.0-inning outing, allowing one run while striking out three.
The Milwaukee offense was held without a hit until the fifth, when junior Sam Koenig laced a single to center. He had a 2-for-3 game, accounting for half of UWM's hits in game two.
That was just the opposite of the opener, where UWM scored in each of the first four innings to race out to a 10-0 lead. The Huskies did break up the shutout with a pair of runs in the final inning in the 10-2 decision.
Freshman Jake Tuttle (2-0) picked up the win with 5.0 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walking three and adding a strikeout.
"It starts with Tuttle - he was really good," Doffek said. "He was effectively wild - not that he walked a lot of guys, but he was wild in the strike zone and sometimes it can be tough to hit those guys. He's got some electric stuff; he did a good job of putting up zero after zero."
The offense had nine hits in the opener, led by a 2-for-2 day by Porcaro, who also walked once, had two runs batted in and scored three times.
That concludes the regular season for Milwaukee, which has seven in a row overall and nine of 12 in the month of May. Up next is an off weekend from Horizon League play, getting a chance to rest up as the other four teams conclude the season.
The squad starts Horizon League Tournament play next Thursday. The Panthers will play at 2 p.m. CST in Niles, Ohio, and will take on the winner of the No. 4 seed/No. 5 seed game that will be played on Wednesday.