The Wright State baseball team rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and, thanks in part to a 13-strikeout performance from Andrew Elliott, sent the game into extra innings until a bases-loaded walk to Michael Timm gave the Raiders a 4-3 win over Milwaukee in a Horizon League Tournament elimination game Saturday afternoon at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin.
It was all Milwaukee in the early going as the Panthers scored twice in the second and another in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. On the mound, UWM starter Tuttle held the WSU offense to just one hit over the first five innings.
That all changed, though, as the Raiders rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jack Murphy started the frame with a double to the gap in left center and after Jason DeFevers reached on an infield hit, scored as DeFevers went to third on a throwing error.
DeFevers scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-2 and Andrew McCafferty later came in with the tying run as he reached on a force out and scored on back-to-back hits from Kieston Greene and Sean Murphy.
It stayed 3-3 for the next six innings as relievers Elliott and Tell Taylor for Milwaukee kept the opposition off the board, Elliott allowing just one hit over 6.2 innings while Taylor giving up one hit over 4.1 innings.
The Raiders finally came up with the winning run in the 12th. Pinch-hitter John Brodner led off with a hit to right center and advanced to second on a Joe Ford bunt. The Panthers intentionally walked Jack Murphy to set up a force out or a potential double play, but DeFevers walked on four pitches to load the bases and Timm did the same, also on four pitched, to drive in Brodner and end the game.
Elliott (2-0) finished with 13 strikeouts in his 6.2 innings of work and that 13, along with three from Taylor Braun and one by starter E.J. Trapino, totalled 17 strikeouts by Raider pitchers for the game, breaking the previous Horizon League Tournament record of 14, set by WSU's Casey Henn in a complete-game effort against Milwaukee on May 28, 2010, which is also the league record for strikeouts by a pitcher in a game.
Wright State (35-21) faces Youngstown State for the championship, with the first game set for Saturday at 4:15 Eastern. If the Penguins win that game, YSU advances to the NCAA Tournament while if the Raiders win, a winner-take-all contest will be played Sunday at noon Dayton time.