Baseball Sweeps UW-Milwaukee, 5-1, 3-0

Junior southpaw David Haehnel fanned a career-high 12 batters on Saturday against UWM.
Junior southpaw David Haehnel fanned a career-high 12 batters on Saturday against UWM.

April 17, 2004

Milwaukee, Wis. - The UW-Milwaukee pitching staff held the University of Illinois at Chicago hitters to a season-low six hits in each game of their Horizon League doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

Fortunately for the Flames, the Panthers hitters ran into the dynamic pitching duo of Ryan Zink and David Haehnel.

Zink and Haehnel each tossed complete-game victories as UIC picked up the 5-1, 3-0 doubleheader sweep over the host Panthers at Henry Aaron Field.

Zink scattered seven hits and struck out five batters in the opening game to improve to 5-2 on the season, while Haehnel allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters in the nightcap to move to 3-2 on the campaign.

With the sweep, UIC improves to 23-10 overall and 6-1 in Horizon League action, while the Panthers fall to 11-17 on the campaign and 3-4 in conference play.

In the opening game, UWM starter Aaron Bushong (2-4) held the Flames to two hits over the first six innings as the score was tied at one, heading into the seventh frame.

Unfortunately for Bushong, the seventh inning wasn't nearly as successful as he loaded the bases for junior second baseman Mike Bruszer.

Bruszer drew a bases loaded walk to give the Flames the 2-1 advantage. UIC tacked on three more runs as sophomore Ted Rosinski roped a two-run double and senior shortstop Jordan DeVoir added a RBI single.

Senior third baseman Nelson Gord led the Flames offensively, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.

In the nightcap, Haehnel was dominant from the get-go as he held the Panthers' first 10 batters hitless, including six strikeouts.

UWM outfielder Sam Jansen picked up the Panthers' first hit of the afternoon with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Senior left fielder Mike Hughes (2-for-4, run) helped propel the Flames offensively, with a two-run homer, his career-best ninth of the season.

UWM hurler Robert Michalkiewicz (2-3) was tagged with the loss in Game Two, going the distance for the Panthers, allowing six hits and three runs.

The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m.