Seven-Run Fourth Inning Carries Milwaukee Past Wright State
May 18, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team plated seven runs in the fourth inning to help send it to a 9-3 victory over Wright State University Friday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers (25-25, 17-11 Horizon League) moved back to .500 on the season with the victory, handing the Raiders (36-18, 20-9 Horizon League) their first back-to-back league losses of the season.
"We just kept tacking on and getting big hits," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We put some pressure on them on the bases. Sevens are tough to come back from, but with Wright State, they are never going to lay down. They are extremely well-coached and talented team, so we knew we were going to pitch and play defense behind them and we did that."
Down, 1-0, in the fourth, Milwaukee sent 11 batters to the plate in the uprising, recording five hits and three hit-by-pitches off three different WSU pitchers to post the big crooked number on the scoreboard.
Senior Paul Hoenecke and junior Will Fadness both finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate and each scored a run, with Fadness adding a pair of RBI's. Freshman Luke Meeteer extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 2-for-3 day, adding his league-leading 15th stolen base of the season.
"We feel good about playing well," Doffek said. "We have been swinging the bats good for quite a while. Hopefully tomorrow, we can continue doing that. Just play good baseball and see what happens."
Capasso started off the big rally with an RBI-single to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore Ryan Solberg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the next run and Lundstrom came through with a single past the shortstop that plated two more. The Panthers scored two more runs on ground outs and Fadness rounded out the inning with a double down the right field line.
Junior Cale Tassi (5-5) picked up the victory, working the first 4.1 innings on a pitch count, allowing just a single earned run. Freshman Eric King relieved, working the next 2.2 innings and senior Greg Blohowiak closed it out with 2.0 shutout frames to secure the victory.
These two teams conclude the series with the regular season finale Saturday, scheduled for a noon start at Henry Aaron Field. It will also be "Senior Day", as UWM will honor its seven seniors with a pregame ceremony.