The Wright State baseball team split a doubleheader with Milwaukee Friday in the Horizon League opener for both teams at Nischwitz Stadium, the Panthers taking the opener 4-1 before the Raiders won the nightcap 9-3.
WSU scored a run in the first inning of game one on a Garrett Gray sacrifice fly, but that turned out to be the only run of the game for the Raiders as they managed just four hits against Milwaukee starter Jake Long, three of those coming from Beau Phillips.
The Panthers went in front for good with three in the third and added another in the sixth to round out the scoring.
In the second game, Wright State again opened the scoring with a run in the first as Gray and Mark Fowler hit back-to-back doubles. Milwaukee, though, tied it with a run in the third and it stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when Michael Timm led off with a hit up the middle and Kieston Greene followed with a two-run home run to left, his third of the season.
The Raiders then broke the game open with five in the seventh. A two-run double down the right field line by Timm started the scoring and after Greene reached on an infield single and Jason DeFevers walked to load the bases, Justin Kopale cleared them with a double to center.
DeFevers singled in a run in the eighth to close out the WSU scoring.
Timm had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored in the second game while Fowler and Greene each had two hits. On the mound, Casey Henn (2-3) gave up just one run in seven innings with nine strikeouts.
Wright State (6-10, 1-1 Horizon) and Milwaukee (5-10, 1-1 Horizon) wrap up the three-game series with a 2:00 game on Saturday. The contest was previously set for 1:00, but has been pushed back an hour due to forecast of showers Saturday morning.