Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for the Wright State baseball team as, despite being down 7-0 at one point and 9-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Raiders rallied back to eventually win 10-9 in 11 innings over Milwaukee Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium, extending its winning streak to 13 games.
It was all Panthers early as Alex Erdmann hit a three-run double in the first and Sam Koenig had a RBI double in the second to make it 4-0. The UWM lead stretched to 7-0 in the fifth with three more runs, including a Michael Porcaro two-run single.
Milwaukee starter Eric Semmelhack had held WSU to just one hit through the first four innings, but the Raider offense started to come alive with two in the fifth on a Kyle Mossbarger single and a Jake Hibberd sacrifice fly.
Wright State made it 7-5 in the sixth as Justin Kopale doubled in two and Sam Picchiotti singled in the other run, but the Panthers looked to be in control as they scored two in the eighth and led 9-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Picchiotti, though, started the comeback with a leadoff home run to left, his first of the season, but the Raiders were still down 9-6 with two runners on and two out. Ryan Ashe then struck out, but the third strike pitch from lefthanded sidearmer Kaleb Engelke went wild past the catcher, allowing Ashe to reach and load the bases.
Garrett Gray followed with a two-run single on a 1-2 pitch to draw Wright State within one and Zach Tanner singled in Ashe with the tying run.
The Panthers posed a major threat in the 10th with a runner on third with one out, but Michael Schum pitched out of the jam with a ground out and a fly out.
That set the stage for the bottom of the 11th. With one out, Ashe smacked an 0-2 pitch up the middle for a hit and advanced to second as pinch-hitter Kody Krizman walked. Tanner then hit a fly ball that center fielder Luke Meeteer made an over the shoulder catch on, but Meeteer went down to the ground on the play as Ashe tagged up from second and scored the winning run.
The 13-game winning streak is the second-longest in school history, behind the 18-game streak accomplished by the 1989 team. WSU had won 12 straight on two other occasions, most recently in 1993.
Schum (3-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings, striking out two, as the Raider bullpen of Schum, Jack Van Horn, Travis Hissong and Luke Mamer combined to go 6.1 innings, giving up two runs and four hits with five strikeouts.
Offensively, Ashe finished with three hits and scored three times while Picchiotti also had three hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Gray, Tanner, and Kopale also drove in two.
Wright State (22-10, 11-2 Horizon) and Milwaukee (12-18, 6-7 Horizon) continue the three-game series Saturday at 2:00.