UW-Milwaukee Hangs On For 8-6 Win Over Baseball
April 15, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - UW-Milwaukee exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by a mammoth, two-run homer by sophomore first baseman Ross McCoy, as the visiting Panthers held on for the 8-6 Horizon League victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
McCoy finished a double shy of the cycle, batting 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored on the evening. UWM also received solid performances from both junior right fielder Joe Nowicki (3-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) and sophomore left fielder Nick Wichser (2-for-5, 2 RBI, run).
With the victory, UWM improves to 13-13 and 4-1 in Horizon League action, while the Flames drop to 15-13-1 and 1-4 in conference play.
Panthers' starter Aaron Sorenson (6-2) earned the complete-game victory for UWM, scattering seven hits and six runs, while fanning three batters. UIC sophomore hurler Ryan Zink (3-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering 11 hits and eight runs in six innings of work.
UIC took a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning, as McCoy quickly evened the score at 4-apiece with a two-run blast over the left field wall.
Following McCoy's homer, the Panthers loaded the bases for Nowicki. Nowicki worked the count full, before drawing the base-on-balls, to plate outfielder Mike Goetz from third base, giving UWM the 5-4 lead.
Wichser capped off the frame with a two-run double that scored both catcher Brooks Graff and designated hitter Zak Rivera.
During the play, Wichser was caught in a rundown between second and third. Wichser raced second baseman Mike Bruszer back to second base, allowing Nowicki to score from third, pushing the Panthers ahead, 8-4.
Senior third baseman Bryan Russo connected for a two-run single in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
Crowder was the catalyst for UIC as they scored two late runs to narrow UWM's lead to 8-6.
Trailing 8-4 in the fourth inning, Crowder reached base on a bunt single and moved to second on a stolen base. Bruszer grounded a single through the left side, advancing Crowder to third base.
During the play, Bruszer got caught up in a rundown between first and second, that allowed Crowder to score from third, narrowing UWM's lead to 8-5.
Crowder stoked the fires once again for the Flames in the sixth inning, as he roped a one-out triple to left-center field and scored on a RBI groundout by catcher Bryan Nolte, for the final score of 8-6.
UIC and UWM will be back in action on Saturday afternoon with a twin-bill slated for 1:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.