Wright State Pulls Away From Milwaukee At Miller Park
May 15, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team held an early 4-2 lead, but Wright State University broke open a 4-4 tie with a five-run sixth inning en route to a 13-6 victory Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.
The Panthers (18-26, 9-13 Horizon League) turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead with a three-run rally in the third against the Raiders (32-19, 24-3 Horizon League), but that was it. Wright State sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring five runs to break it open. It widened the gap with a big seventh inning as well to claim the victory in the series opener.
"It's unfortunate, we just didn't play very good," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "It was undisciplined baseball. We are banged up, but the guys we have in there are certainly capable of playing the game fundamentally and we just did not. Keller was unable to command the bottom of the strike zone and when you do that it's just a matter of time."
Milwaukee made three errors and continues to struggle with injuries as well, losing Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Mike Porcaro early in the contest when he ran into the wall chasing down a foul ball down the line.
"If we really want to make a run, we have to pitch," Doffek said, "Everything, the whole tempo, begins and ends on the mound and if you can't throw strikes at this level, it's just not going to work out. We scored six runs and we really weren't even in the game. That just goes to show you that pitching and defense at every level is what it comes down to."
The offense managed just eight hits off three WSU pitchers, with senior Pat Wilson (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and junior Ryan McShane (2-for-5) contributing multi-hit efforts. Sophomore Mitch Ghelfi hit the only home run of the day, a towering shot into the visitor's bullpen in the sixth inning.
Down 2-1 early, UWM rallied for the lead in the third. With two outs and runners on second and third, an intentional walk to senior Ryan Solberg came back to bite the Raiders, as Wilson laced a bases-clearing double to the right-center wall to give the Panthers the 4-2 advantage.
Wright State got one back in the fourth, made it a new game at 4-4 in the fifth and took over after that point. Jeff Limbaugh led the way with a 3-for-5, 2 RBI day.
Sophomore Brian Keller (1-7) suffered the loss, allowing six earned runs in 5.1 innings. WSU starter E.J. Trapino struck out seven in the first four innings, with Jack Van Horan (4-2) picking up the win.
Game two tomorrow will be at 4 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field.