Panthers Bounce Back For Sweep Of Flames
May 17, 2003
CHICAGO - Solid pitching led the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a doubleheader sweep of the University of Illinois at Chicago Saturday afternoon, winning the games 4-2 and 2-1.
The Panthers (25-22, 13-9 Horizon) solidified the third seed for next week's Horizon League Tournament with the two wins over the Flames (14-6, 34-16), who claimed the regular season crown thanks to a Butler loss to Detroit.
UIC entered the game hitting .337 on the season, but three Panther pitchers combined to allow just three runs and nine hits in 14 innings of baseball Saturday. Mikel Schaefer (7-1) allowed just two runs and four hits in working a complete game in game one, while Korey Keller (4-3) worked six-plus innings to get the win in game two before Ben Stanczyk came on to record his fifth save.
UWM had to rally to win game one. UIC took a 2-0 lead after one inning and held that lead entering the sixth. But the Panthers came back with all four of their runs in that inning, thanks to RBI singles by Stanczyk, Matt Alexander, P.J. Cannon and Charlie Reschke. Schaefer allowed just two hits after that first inning while setting the side down in order in the seventh to give the Panthers the win.
UWM scratched out just enough offense in game two. A Stanczyk RBI single in the first plated the first run while Troy Doering scored the second run on an error in the fifth.
Keller worked six scoreless innings before being removed following a double to open the seventh. Stanczyk allowed that run to score but hung on to help UWM to its first doubleheader sweep in league play in nearly a month.
Stanczyk, P.J. Cannon, Steve Sanfilippo and Dave Pudlosky had two hits apiece in the first game while Sanfilippo and Jeff Pitrof had two hits apiece in the second contest.
The two teams wrap up their four-game series Sunday at noon.