Panthers Split Doubleheader With IPFW
May 18, 2005
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Junior Joe Nowicki hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two to help the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team to a doubleheader split against IPFW Wednesday night at Henry Aaron Field. The Panthers (21-26) took game two, 5-4, after falling to the Mastodons (24-24), 6-4, in game one.
In the seventh inning of game two, with the score knotted at 4-4, senior Steve Sanfilippo doubled to left center to lead off the inning. Junior Mike Goetz was intentionally walked and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jeremy Wilson. Another intentional walk, this time to junior Zak Rivera, loaded the bases with one out. Nowicki followed with a single to the gap in right center, scoring Sanfilippo with the winning run.
Sophomore Mike Rauwerdink pitched five scoreless innings in the start, working out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings to strand eight Mastodon base runners. The Sheboygan native struck out three and scattered five hits and three walks on the day. Juniors Korey Keller and Jed Dolske each allowed two runs, including a pair of sacrifice flies off Dolske in the seventh inning to tie the game at 4-4. Dolske (2-1) picked up the win in relief after his first blown save in nine attempts.
The Panthers scored twice in the third inning for the second time on the day, once again taking the 2-0 lead. Goetz walked to lead off the frame and moved to third as senior Brooks Graff followed with a single on a well executed hit-and-run. Goetz then scored on a wild pitch, while Graff came around on a double to the wall by junior Joe Nowicki.
Milwaukee made it 4-0, pushing across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Sophomore Ross McCoy reached on a two-out infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch in the fourth. After a walk to Sanfilippo, Goetz lined a single to left field. Sanfilippo was thrown out attempting to take third, but not until after McCoy crossed the plate for UWM's third run of the game. The Panthers tallied one more run in the fifth, as Graff led off and reached second on an errant pick off attempt. Rivera flew out to deep right field, scoring Graff from second with some heads up base running.
IPFW dodged the shutout with a two runs in the sixth inning. Nick Millspaugh walked to lead off the inning and stole second. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a single by Brent Alwine. Back-to-back singles followed, scoring Alwine and making it 4-2.
Nowicki finished with three hits and two RBIs in game two, while Graff also had two hits and scored twice.
Trailing 2-0 in game one, the Mastodons put up five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. They walked the bases loaded against UWM starter Robert Michaelkiewicz (3-5) and Zach Walton and Tyler Fowler followed with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game. They then went up, 3-2, on Alwine's sacrifice fly to right field and, after reloading the bases with the fourth walk of the inning, Caleb Smith made it 5-2 with a two-run single to left.
UWM had broken through first, in the third inning, scoring a pair of runs for the early 2-0 lead. Goetz led off with a bunt single. He immediately scored on Wilson's second hit of the game, a double to the gap in right-center field. Wilson moved to third on senior Charlie Reschke's bloop single to right field and scored on a delayed double steal.
The Panthers added a pair of runs in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 5-4. Freshman Jesse Hart singled to start the frame and McCoy followed with a triple to the gap in right-center. McCoy scored on a ground out to the shortstop by senior Shane Davis.
Michalkiewicz absorbed the loss, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing five runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out three. Junior Rick Cavaiani threw 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit, an unearned run in the fifth, and finishing with three strikeouts of his own.
From the plate, Wilson led the way, finishing 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while McCoy and senior Blake Kangas each finished with two hits in the first game.
Wednesday was Senior Day, as it was the games were final home games for seniors Davis, Graff, Kangas, Reschke, Sanfilippo, Brent Buechel and Cory Kleeba. The seven players were honored on the field between games.
Milwaukee returns to action this weekend with a crucial four-game league series at Youngstown State. The Panthers and Penguins kick off the series on Friday (May 20) at 6 p.m. If UWM can win three out of four, it can clinch a third league title and the top seed in next week's Horizon League Tournament, whereas a series split would assure them the second seed.