Panthers Blast Way Past Butler In 19-2 Victory
Junior Jonathan Capasso

Junior Jonathan Capasso

May 24, 2012

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CHICAGO, Ill. - Junior Jonathan Capasso went 6-for-6 and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team set a Horizon League Tournament record with 27 hits en route to a 19-2 victory over Butler University Thursday morning at Les Miller Field.

The Panthers (27-26) handled their first elimination game easily, putting up 10 runs against the Bulldogs (22-34) in the third inning and never looking back.

"That's the funny thing about baseball," Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek said. "[Usually], you have to wait a couple of days, but today we got a chance to get back out there and it was a good day to hit. It's just one of those days where they got good pitches to hit and didn't miss them."

Capasso tied league tournament and Milwaukee school records with the six hits in the contest. He finished a triple short of the cycle, adding his third home run of the season to go with four runs batted in and three runs scored. He extended his current hitting streak to 10 games in the process.

The 27 hits overall broke the league mark of 26 set by Wright State back in 2006. The output was also just off the UWM team record of 29. The 10 runs scored in the third marked the first 10-plus frame for UWM since a 12-run rally in a 16-6 victory over Youngstown State on May 6, 2011.

Freshman Luke Meeteer extended his hitting streak to 19 games in impressive fashion, going 5-for-6 with four runs batted in and his first home run of the season. He scored a pair of runs and helped give UWM two players with five or more hits in the same game for the first time since April 12, 2006 (Ross McCoy 6; Mike Goetz 5).

Junior Cale Tassi (6-5) was the recipient of the offensive barrage, but pitched well regardless of the crooked numbers on the scoreboard. He went the first 5.0 innings, allowing just a single run. He walked two and struck out four, working out of a pair of two-on, one-out situations in the first two innings before the game was in hand.

"For me, that was the most impressive thing," Doffek said. "Obviously, when you have 27 hits, it's impressive, but to only give up one run in these conditions is impressive."

Freshman Joshua Uhen worked a pair of innings, striking out four. Senior Kyle Spurley worked a scoreless eighth and Capasso was called on to work the ninth, allowing an unearned run on one hit.

Every player in the starting lineup scored at least one run and six different players had multi-hit outings. Sophomore Ryan Solberg added a perfect day at the plate, collecting a career-best four hits in four at bats, scoring three times to also equal his career best.

Senior Jim Lundstrom went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, senior Phil Striggow was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two driven in and freshman Michael Porcaro rounded out the multi-hit efforts with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate.

Senior Paul Hoenecke scored twice and drove in two and junior Alex Erdmann also had two RBI.

Up 2-0, the Panthers put the game away with the 10-run third inning. Striggow started it with a two-run home run and Meeteer made it 5-0 with an RBI-single. Lundstrom added a run on a ground out and Hoenecke drove in a pair with a double to the wall in left center. Capasso then topped it off with a three-run shot to the opposite field.

Milwaukee will continue play in the Horizon League Tournament Friday. The starting time will be at 10 a.m., but the Panthers do not yet know their opponent. It could be any of three of the four remaining teams playing in the two games this afternoon and evening (Wright State, UIC and Youngstown State). Look for an update on the UWM website later this evening.

 

 

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