Panthers Announce Schedule Changes; Ride Winning Streak
May 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team will take an eight-game winning streak into a key Horizon League series at Valparaiso this weekend. The streak is the first to reach eight-straight since a similar stretch of wins in April of 2011.
But first, a couple of changes have been made to the upcoming schedule.
First off, due to the forecast calling for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon, Friday's game against Valparaiso has been moved up two hours and will now start at 1 p.m.
Secondly, Milwaukee has announced a change in the schedule for next week as well. The team was originally scheduled to play Parkside Tuesday at Henry Aaron Field. That contest has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
The offense and pitching have both been clicking since the Panthers finally got a chance to play at home April 24. Seven of the eight victories have come in Milwaukee, with the team averaging 7.6 runs per game in outscoring its opponents by a count of 61-to-19.
The offense has batted .323, led by four different regulars at .400 or better. Junior Pat Wilson has been the hottest, batting .500 (12-for-24) in the seven games with eight RBI, six runs scored and a .556 on-base percentage in the stretch.
On the mound, the team has recorded a 1.62 ERA overall, with four different players coming in at 0.00 in the streak. Sophomore Gunnar Eastman (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 hits in 12.0 IP), junior Mike Schneider (3-0, 0.00 ERA), junior Tyler Thicke (0.00 ERA in 3 appearances, 7.0 IP) and senior Alex Erdmann (3 saves, 0.00 ERA, .077 opponent average) have all been stellar.