The Wright State baseball team split a Horizon League doubleheader at Milwaukee Friday afternoon, falling 4-3 in the opener before bouncing back with an 8-5 victory in the second game.
UWM took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game one, only to see WSU answer with two in the third, taking advantage of three Panther errors in the process. Milwaukee, though, came right back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, only one earned, to go up 4-2.
Wright State closed the margin to 4-3 with a run in the sixth as Seth Gray doubled to right center and scored on a Cory Heffron hit down the right field line, but would get no closer as only one runner reached the final three innings.
Gray had two hits to lead the Raider offense while on the mound, Danny Sexton (7-1) was the tough-luck losing pitcher despite giving up just one earned run in seven innings with five strikeouts.
In the second game, WSU went up 1-0 in the second on a Heffron RBI single and then extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Zach Weatherford led off the inning with a solo home run to left center, his fifth of the season, with the other run coming as Gabe Snyder doubled to right center, stole third and scored on a Gray grounder.
Milwaukee cut the deficit to 3-2 before Wright State broke the game open with a five-run seventh, highlighted by a Snyder two-run double.
The Panthers made it 8-5 in the eighth on a three-run home run from Chris Kelly, but Trevor Swaney came on to retire the final four batters in order for his first save. Jeremy Randolph (4-1) went the first six innings, scattering eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.
At the plate, Snyder was a perfect five-for-five with three runs scored and two RBI while Heffron had three hits and two RBI and Weatherford scored twice.
Wright State (34-16, 19-6 Horizon) begins a season-ending five-game set with UIC (32-12, 18-5 Horizon) with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 13, at 1:00 at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago. The set, which concludes with a three-game series at Nischwitz Stadium next weekend, will determine the regular-season champion and which team will host the league tournament May 24-27.