UW-Milwaukee Holds Off Baseball, 10-5, In Nightcap
April 16, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - After earning the 12-2 victory over UW-Milwaukee in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Panthers turned the tables on the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad in the nightcap, as UWM picked up the 10-5 Horizon League victory over the Flames at Les Miller Field.
UWM junior outfielder Mike Goetz (2 runs), senior catcher Brooks Graff (2 runs), sophomore first baseman Ross McCoy (2 runs) and freshman shortstop Grant Berkovitz each totaled two hits on the afternoon for the Panthers, while teammates Joe Nowicki, Nick Wichser (run) and Charlie Reschke (2-run homer) each contributed two RBI.
With the victory, UWM improves to 14-14 overall and 5-2 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 16-14-1 on the campaign and 2-5 in conference action.
UWM sophomore southpaw Robert Michalkiewicz (2-2) earned the complete-game victory, while scattering 10 hits. UIC starter Ryan Hopkins (1-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs and six hits in 2.2 innings of work.
UIC outfielders Larry Gempp Jr. (2 runs, RBI) and Bart Babineaux led the Flames offensively with three hits apiece. Senior third baseman Bryan Russo's 16-game hitting streak came to an end, as the Davie, Fla., native went 0-for-2 with a RBI.
The Panthers got on the board in the first inning, as Goetz and Graff opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Goetz scored on a one-out, RBI single from Nowicki, while Graff scored from third on a RBI groundout by Wichser, giving UWM the 2-0 lead.
Goetz and Graff got the Panthers rolling again in the third inning with back-to-back singles. Junior designated hitter Zak Rivera plated Goetz with a RBI double, extending UWM's advantage to 3-0. Graff moved to third base on the play.
Nowicki stepped to the plate and rolled a grounder to second base, allowing Graff to score and Rivera to move to third, putting the Panthers ahead, 4-0. Wichser followed with a hot shot to Flames' shortstop Jeff Gremley, that rolled underneath his glove, plating Rivera and extending the Panthers' lead to 5-0.
UIC got on the board in the fourth inning as Gempp roped a one-out single and moved to second base on a Michalkiewicz wild pitch. Babineaux moved Gempp over to third base on a single through the left side.
Junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski (2 RBI) followed with a RBI groundout that narrowed UWM's advantage to 5-1.
The Panthers tacked on four insurance runs in the fifth inning, as senior second baseman Charlie Reschke connected for a two-run, opposite-field homer off of UIC reliever Bill Bernabei, to extend UWM's lead to 7-1.
McCoy reached base on a single and scored on a three-base error by UIC first baseman Mark Hallberg (1-for-4, RBI, run) on a ground ball from Matt Curran, pushing UWM ahead, 8-1. Curran scored on a RBI single by Berkovitz, giving the Panthers the 9-1 lead.
UWM added another run in the seventh inning, as McCoy reached base on an infield single and moved to second on a Bernabei wild pitch. McCoy moved to third on a Berkovitz single and scored on another Bernabei wild offering, pushing UWM's lead to 10-1.
UIC made a valiant comeback effort in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Flames tallied four runs off of Michalkiewicz, but were unable to overtake the Panthers.
The Flames and UW-Milwaukee will conclude the four-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.