Wright State’s baseball team took the field at Nischwitz Stadium against the Milwaukee Panthers for the second home series of the year. Each team entered this Horizon League showdown with two wins and one loss in conference play. The Raiders took games one and two on Friday, while the Panthers came away with the game three Sunday matinee.
Game one of two on Friday saw the Raiders jump out to an early lead with a two run homer from Gabe Snyder. Seth Gray also shined with a pair of doubles to accompany two runs and an RBI. Raider ace Ryan Weiss took the mound for Wright State and pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and two earned runs. Milwaukee had a late surge, but Wright State held them off and won 6-5.
The Raiders swept the Friday doubleheader with a 10-2 win in the second game. Snyder went deep again for his second in two games. Matt Morrow, Alex Alders, Peyton Burdick, Zane Harris and Snyder each had two hits in the game. Morrow and Alders each had triples and two RBI while Morrow, Harris and Snyder each added doubles. Daniel Kruezer took the mound in this game and went six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out three.
In game three, the Panthers took an early three run lead and held onto that lead for the rest of the game. The Raiders hinted at a comeback with Snyder’s third home run of the series, a two run shot, in the bottom of the eighth. The effort fell short however, as Burdick struck out in the bottom of the ninth with a man on third and two outs, securing a 3-2 victory for Milwaukee.
Gabe Snyder had a series to remember against the Panthers, finishing with three homeruns and six RBI’s in the series. On the season, he is batting .313 with five homeruns, nine doubles and a team leading 23 RBI’s.
Snyder said after the game that “it’s always a good feeling to hit it square and see it go out.” He also added that the team stands by the motto of “one pitch at a time” as they look to continue their solid start this season.
The Raiders will be on the road for the next couple of weeks and will not be back at Nischwitz Stadium until Apr. 13 when they face Youngstown State in a three game series.