KENOSHA, Wis. – After 19 straight days without a game played, the MSOE Raiders hit the diamond in Kenosha to take on the Panthers of UW-Milwaukee. Unfortunately, the NCAA DI program got off to a hot start that the Red & White were not able to come back from, sending them to a 12-5 defeat on Wednesday afternoon.
MSOE Raiders – 5
UW-Milwaukee – 12
HOW IT HAPPENED
Righthander Tyler Gronert (Menasha, Wis./Appleton East) got the call for MSOE (8-3, 0-0 NACC) today, putting his 1-1 record on the line against his counterpart Jack Mahoney and UW-Milwaukee (9-8, 1-2 HL). Gronert was put to the test early on and didn't make it out of the second inning after giving up seven runs on eight hits. The Panthers scored three in the first, four in the second, and one in the third to put them up 8-0, but the Raiders finally put a crooked number of their own on the scoreboard in the fourth inning.
After UWM walked the bases loaded, shortstop Andres Oselio (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) and centerfielder Brandon Beauchamp (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) hit back to back singles to plate three runs, cutting their deficit to 8-3. They would dig into the Panthers advantage even further in the sixth, as Beauchamp once again drove in one after back to back singles, and catcher Ryan Kocher (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North) followed up with an RBI of his own to put the Red & White down only 8-5.
That would be all the scoring that the Raiders would muster in the ballgame, however. Three straight Panthers pitchers came on in relief to go 3.1 innings, only allowing one baserunner during their apperances to lockdown the game. UWM added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh, giving us our final score of 12-5.
TEAM STAT OF THE GAME
The Raiders had chances to do more damage in this afternoon's game. MSOE left eight runners stranded, compared to just three for UW-Milwaukee. The Red & White weren't able to tap into their power either, as all eight of their hits were singles.
RAIDER STAT TRACKER
- Brandon Beauchamp: 2-5, two RBIs
- Ryan Kocher: 2-5, one RBI
- Andres Oselio: 2-4, one run, two RBIs
- Kyle Jablonski (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield): 4.2 innings pitched, two strikeouts
WHO'S ON DECK?
The Raiders will look to add some more wins to their non-conference resume this weekend when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to take on Rose-Hulman and Carroll (Wis.) on both Saturday and Sunday. The first game starts at 10:00 am each day, followed by a 1:00 pm game.