The Wright State baseball team rallied back from an early 5-1 deficit to tie the game in the sixth, but a two-run home run by Phil Striggow proved to be the difference as Milwaukee held on for a 7-6 win Thursday at Henry Aaron Field.
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first and after WSU closed to within one in the third on a Corey Davis RBI single, added three more in the third on a Will Fadness three-run home run to go up 5-1.
The Raiders, though, chipped away at the deficit with two in the fourth as Michael Timm and Justin Kopale each singled in a run, another in the fifth as Davis, Tristan Moore and Zach Tanner each had a hit and tied it at 5-5 in the sixth as Kopale and Kyle Mossbarger doubled and Kopale on a fielder's choice play off the bat of Jake Hibberd.
UWM, however, again used the longball to regain the lead in the eighth as Striggow homered with two outs.
Wright State picked up a run in the ninth as Garrett Gray led off with a double and Timm had a one-out single up the middle, but the Raider rally would go no further as the next two batters grounded out to end the game.
Timm led the WSU offense with three hits and two RBI while Davis, Tanner, Kopale and Mossbarger each had two hits.
Wright State (36-17, 20-8 Horizon) is now tied atop the league standings with Valparaiso, who defeated Youngstown State 8-3 on Thursday, with two games remaining. The Raiders continue their three-game set with Milwaukee Friday with a single game starting at 3:00 Eastern.