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Tough week for Panther baseball

What a tough week it has been for the Milwaukee Panthers baseball team. Earlier in the week the Panthers hit the road to take on the Missouri Tigers. While the games were close, the Panthers fell just short against the Tigers.

In the first game of the series Milwaukee had a chance to tie the game up in the top of the ninth inning, but the Panthers lost to the Tigers 7-5.

The Panthers’ offensive attack came out on fire recording 11 hits on the day. Pat Wilson carried the Panthers with a four hit game, while Ryan Solberg and Ryan McShane each went 2-for-4.

Their pitching on the other hand struggled, as head coach Scott Doffek was forced to use seven different pitchers in the game. Brian Keller started the game for Milwaukee, but only lasted 1.2 innings facing 10 batters and allowing three runs. Adam Reuss ended up getting saddled with the loss as he pitched one inning, but allowed three runs as he faced nine Tiger hitters.

The second game of the series against the Tigers was a very similar story. The Panthers got behind early, and rallied in the ninth, but only to lose a close game.

Mike Porcaro drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth, but Milwaukee was not able to do anymore as they fell 4-3 to Missouri.

In this game the Panthers’ offense struggled. Derek Peake went 3-for-5 on the day, as he was the only Panther to record more than one hit in the game.

Justin Langley, a redshirt freshman, got the starting nod, but struggled in his two innings of action allowing six hits for three runs.

This was not an awful series for the Panthers, while it would have been nice to see them win; Missouri is not an easy team to beat. One positive that can be taken away is that the Panthers remained in the game until the end. Now the Panthers just need to put a complete performance together in order to win some of these close battles.

After this tough but competitive series against Missouri, the Panthers were scheduled to open their Horizon League season against Youngstown State. It was more of the same news though for Milwaukee as this series was cancelled due to the weather.

Milwaukee will now be off until Wednesday when they are expected to play their first home game of the season as they take on Edgewood.

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