Good morning and welcome back to the Pipe Yard for the third day of action for UWM in the Horizon League Tournament.
Another day and another elimination game for the Panthers, this time against UIC, a team that won 3 of 5 from Milwaukee during the regular season. The Flames, the top seed in the tournament, led 6-1 against Wright State last night after six innings, only to see the Raiders storm back for the 7-6 victory. The winner of this game will play them for the tournament championship.
Added perk today, as the Horizon League Network is here for the rest of the event.
David Wilson, the play-by-play voice of Cleveland State, is here to take you through the day.
The HLN is a free service, but you will need to sign up for it. The link is HERE.
Join us for the live blog HERE.
Once again, send any questions you have to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to some player health issues with the Flames, the line-ups were a little bit late in arriving...
Four every day starters for UIC are NOT in the line-up. Brandon Harwell (regular 1B) and Jason Ganek (normal 3B) are out, at the hospital with the flu. Nathan Orf, after going 5-for-5 last night and killing the Panthers during the regular season is out with a pulled hamstring. And, Chris Rutta, the normal RF, is out with a concussion after a diving attempt Thursday where he crashed into the fence...
UWM will take to the field like this:
Cole Kraft (SS), Shaun Wegner (C), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (1B), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (RF), Doug Dekoning (CF), Paul Hoenecke (3B) and Andy Gerhartz (2B).
On the mound for the big game, junior Nate Caldwell, making his 6th start of the year.
UIC counters with:
Tony Altavilla (2B0, Andy Leonard (3B), Jake Carr (DH), Brett Schaefer (1B), Rafael Garcia (SS), John Rosinski (LF), Steven Humble (C), Ty Rubio (RF) and Steve McGuiggan (CF).
On the mound, Michael Heesch, 4-0 with a 4.05 ERA.
For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For updated UWM stats, click HERE.
For UIC game notes, HERE.
For UIC updated stats, HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE after first pitch.