Baseball Splits With Milwaukee
Release: Sunday 04/15/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State baseball team split a doubleheader with Milwaukee Sunday at Nischwitz Stadium, taking the opener 8-3 before falling 9-7 in the second game, ending a 14-game winning streak.

Milwaukee took the early lead in game one with two runs in the third, only to see the Raiders answer with three in the bottom of the inning on a Jake Hibberd solo home run, his seventh of the season, followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Tristan Moore, his fifth of the year.

Ryan Solberg led off the fourth for the Panthers with a solo blast to tie the game at 3-3, but that turned out to be the final run of the game for UWM as WSU went in front to stay with four in the fifth. 

Hibberd led off with a double and after moving up to third on a Corey Davis grounder, scored as Tristan Moore reached on an error.  Garrett Gray later doubled in a run and a Justin Kopale two-run double made it 7-3.

Ryan Ashe accounted for Wright State's final run in the seventh as he tripled and scored as the relay throw went into the Milwaukee dugout.

Taylor Braun (4-0) went into the sixth in picking up the win while Jordan Marker earned his first save of the season by shutting out the Panthers on just one hit over the final four innings, striking out five.

Offensively, Hibberd and Ashe each had three hits and scored twice while Moore had three RBI and two runs scored and Kopale had two hits and two RBI.

Milwaukee again took the early lead in game two, taking advantage of four Raider errors in scoring three times in the second and added four more in the third on back-to-back-to-back home runs from Paul Hoenecke, Phil Striggow and Nick Lingvay.

WSU responded with four in its half of the third on a two-run Gray hit and RBI singles from Zach Tanner and Kopale, but the Panthers extended the lead to 9-4 with single runs in the fifth and sixth.

The Raiders closed to within 9-7 with two in the sixth and another in the seventh and had the potential tying runs on bases in both the seventh and eighth and at the plate in the ninth, but could get no closer.

Hibberd added three more hits in the second game as did Tanner while Davis and Moore each had two.

Wright State (23-11, 12-3 Horizon) takes on a pair of Mid-American Conference teams in midweek play as the Raiders host Bowling Green on Tuesday at 6:30 before heading to Toledo Wednesday for a 3:00 contest.

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