Panthers Drop 13-8 Contest To Western Michigan
May 18, 2004
MILWAUKEE - Western Michigan University hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in a back-breaking seven-run third inning en route to a 13-8 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in non-conference baseball action here Tuesday (May 18). The visiting Broncos took a 9-2 lead after three innings and coasted to the nine-inning victory. The Panthers, who outhit WMU 13-10 on the game, dropped to 22-28 while Western Michigan improved to 20-30 on the season.
WMU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a walk, a base hit and two groundouts but the Panthers quickly tied the game with two of their own in the bottom of the second. Joe Nowicki led off the inning with a single and then scored on a Ross McCoy double to right center. McCoy then stole third and scored when Jeremy Wilson grounded out to shortstop.
The Broncos came right back and battered UWM starter Robert Michalkiewicz, scoring seven runs in the third on six hits and one error. Things started off poorly for the Panthers as Michalkiewicz struck out Orlando Colon to begin the inning but the ball went in the dirt and Jeremy Wilson's throw to first base went past McCoy, allowing Colon to go to second. After a run-scoring groundout Adam Rosales blasted a grand slam to right center making it 7-2. Then, following a Tony Scheffler triple, Kevin Kross drilled a two-run blast to left to give the visitors the seven-run cushion.
Michalkiewicz settled down after that inning and kept the Panthers in striking distance. Milwaukee got two of the runs back in the bottom of the third as Steve Sanfilippo tripled to right field and scored on a Matt Alexander ground out. Stanczyk then singled with two outs, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored when McCoy ripped a base hit to left.
The Panthers got another run back in the sixth to make it 9-5 when Charlie Reschke's single scored Sanfilippo who led off with a walk. Unfortunately for UWM the Broncos put the game out of reach with three runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth to push the lead to 13-5. UWM got a run back in the bottom of the eighth on Brooks Graff's fifth home run of the season and two more in the ninth on Ben Stanczyk's team-leading eighth longball but the rally stopped there.
Derek Schlecker allowed two runs and three hits while striking out five in 4.1 innnings to improve to 1-0. Michalkiewicz dropped to 3-5 as he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Lorey Pederson struck out two and allowed just one run in 1.2 innings while Jed Dolske worked a perfect ninth. Five different UWM players registered five hits on the game with Stanczyk and McCoy driving in two runs apiece.
Milwaukee will return to action Friday (May 21) night in the season's final homestand. The Panthers will host Youngstown State in a Horizon League tilt beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field.