YSU Hits Way To 9-6 Win Over UWM
May 22, 2003
FAIRBORN, Ohio - Youngstown State scored two times in the top of the fifth inning to break a 4-all tie en route to a 9-6 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Horizon League Baseball Championship Thursday afternoon.
The third-seeded Panthers (25-24) had rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. But the Penguins (27-26) scored twice in the fifth before adding another run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to gain their first league tournament win.
UWM saw an eight-game tournament winning streak broken and the Panthers will have to beat top-seeded UIC Friday afternoon to stay alive in their quest for a third-straight tournament title.
The Penguins scored six of their nine runs with two outs and received clutch hitting from eighth-place hitter Jim Phillips, who drove in three runs thanks to a single in the fifth and a double in the seventh.
The Panthers offense did pound out 11 hits as Troy Doering, Steve Sanfilippo, Ben Stanczyk, P.J. Cannon and Sam Jansen collected two hits apiece. But UWM's pitching could not control the YSU attack, which pounded out 13 hits, led by three hits from Brandon Caipen.
YSU wasted little time in jumping on Panther starter Geoff Lefeber (4-6). The first three men reached base in the first inning, as Kendall Schlabach walked and Caipen singled before Charles Schultz drove in a run with a single. Another run scored on a Panther error before the third run of the inning came across on sacrifice fly by Jim Lipinski.
The Penguins added another run in the second inning on a walk by Schlabach, a stolen base and a two-out single by Schultz.
The Panthers rallied to tie the game in the fourth inning. Charlie Reschke walked and Cannon singled before Jansen doubled in Reschke. Pitrof was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Doering singled in one run and Sanfilippo drove in another run after being hit by a pitch. Stanczyk drove in the fourth run with a long single to center but the threat ended when David Michna grounded into a double play.
YSU took the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Adam Cox singled with one out and, after Justin Banks flied out, Lipinski and Brian Boone walked to load the bases. Phillips then ripped a single to left field to plate a pair of runs. The Penguins added an insurance run in the seventh on a two-out double by Phillips that scored Lipinski.
The Panthers scored twice in the seventh inning to get back in the game. Doering and Sanfilippo started the inning with singles and, after Pudlosky struck out, Stanczyk brought home Doering with a single. A Matt Alexander ground out brought in the second run but Stanczyk was then stranded at third when Marcellus Dawson grounded out to end the inning.
But the Penguins again struck back, scoring twice in the top of the eighth inning thanks to a two-out, two-run single to center by Lipinski off reliever Stanczyk.
Lefeber allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits and five walks in five innings of action. Kleeba allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Stanczyk and Leroy Pederson teamed up to get the final five outs for UWM.
Kyle Sobecki (6-4) allowed six runs in six inning for the win, while Justin Thomas allowed just two hits over the final three innings for his first save.
In earlier tournament action Thursday, UIC beat Cleveland State, 11-4, while tonight Butler will face Wright State. The UWM/UIC contest will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT Friday, while Youngstown State advances to a contest at 6:30 p.m. EDT Friday against the winner of the Butler/Wright State game.