Milwaukee Completes Three-Game Sweep Of Wright State
May 19, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team plated five runs in the second inning and never looked back, finishing off a weekend sweep of Wright State University Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field by a final score of 9-3.
The Panthers (26-25, 18-11 Horizon League) led the Raiders (36-19, 20-10 Horizon League) by a score of 9-1 after four innings and cruised from there, honoring its seven-member senior class with pregame "Senior Day" festivities in the final home contest of the regular season.
Several of the seniors helped secure the win. Kyle Spurley (2-0) earned his first career start and responded with the victory. He worked the first four innings and gave up just one run on two hits, striking out four.
Paul Hoenecke extended his hitting streak to 11 games (going 24-for-44, .545, in the stretch) with another two-hit day, driving in a run and scoring another. Jim Lundstrom had hits in his first two at bats, driving in a pair of runs with a second-inning single. Mark Strey also had a hit and scored a run.
"That is such a good program, a good team and so well-coached, they just have good players up and down the lineup" UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "We put pressure on them - every game, if you look back, we had a big inning and we threw strikes. It doesn't matter who you are playing, when you do those things it's a combination for success."
Milwaukee broke it open quickly, tallying five runs in the second inning in four hits. Pearson drove in the first run with a single and freshman Luke Meeteer extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-run double that he chopped over the third baseman and down the line. Lundstrom followed with his single that plated two more. The inning could have even been bigger but the Raiders stopped the damage with a fly ball out that was turned into a double play when they threw out a runner at the plate to end the frame.
The Panthers have concluded the regular season and will begin Horizon League Tournament play as the No. 3 seed next. That starts Wednesday, when UWM heads to Chicago to play sixth-seeded Youngstown State, set for a 4 p.m. first pitch.
"I know the guys feel really good about the way we are swinging the bats, pitching the baseball and doing a good job on the basepaths," Doffek said. "Hopefully we can just continue that going forward in Chicago."