Panther Baseball To Face Wright State In Tournament Opener
May 24, 2004
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team will face Wright State University in the opening game of the 2004 Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday (May 26). The Panthers, the No. 5 seed, will face the No. 4 seeded Raiders at 9:30 a.m. at Eastwood Stadium in Niles, Ohio.
The tournament is a double-elimination format with the championship game set for Sunday (May 30). In addition to the UWM-WSU game No. 3 seed Cleveland State will face No. 6 Detroit at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday with No. 2 Butler facing No. 7 Youngstown State at 5:30 p.m. The tournament's No. 1 seed, Illinois-Chicago, received a first round bye. If UWM wins its first round game it will face UIC at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (May 27). Should the Panthers lose the to Wright State they will play at 1:30 on Thursday versus the loser of the Cleveland State-Detroit contest. Following Wednesday's contests the tournament will continue with three games Thursday, three on Friday (May 28), two on Saturday (May 29) and the title game on Sunday. The tournament winner receives the league's automatic berth into the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Wright State and UWM played five times this season with the Raiders winning the series three games to two. WSU took a 5-4 victory early in the season down in Florida before the two teams split a four-game Horizon League weekend set in Dayton May 7-9. Milwaukee and Wright State have met three times in postseason play with UWM winning two of those games.