Baseball set for Milwaukee

By Brian Earle

Baseball will look to continue its three-game winning streak today when it hosts Milwaukee at Ralph McKinzie Field for its first home game of the season.

The Huskies (8-17, 4-2 MAC) are feeling confident after their sweep over Akron last weekend. Over the weekend, the Huskies starting pitching shined once again and they were led offensively by junior Alex Klonowski, who went 9-12 from the plate.

“In baseball you get that long season, and when you have a couple wins it just flows a lot better,” said coach Ed Mathey. “The guys feel a little better about themselves and they’re relaxed a little bit. We’re hoping to continue that; …we [have] a little bit of a streak going right now and we’d like to keep that going.”

With the matchup coming during the week, the Huskies will take a break from their weekend rotation and freshman pitcher Bobby Kuntzendorf will get the start.

Kuntzendorf started in a game earlier this season against Murray State. He lasted 3.1 innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits and five walks.

“We’re going to have him on a pitch count,” Mathey said. “So it’s really up to how effective he is in the early innings, but we also have to get some guys ready for the weekend, some guys in our bullpen.”

The Panthers (11-11, 7-2 Horizon) are coming off a three-game sweep of their own over Valparaiso and have won six out of their previous seven games.

Sophomore Gunnar Eastman will get the start for them. Eastman has seen limited action this season, as he is recovering from an injury. He has appeared in four games, pitching just 2.2 innings and giving up eight earned runs.

The Huskies are looking forward to playing their first home game and want to make it a place where they can be successful.

“[The] thing that we have to do is we have to come out and play like it’s our home,” Mathey said. “Prior to last year we had a lot of success here, relative to our competition, and we kind of let that go last year, so it’s going to be important for us to come out and reclaim that, reclaim some intensity and hopefully keep our winning streak going.”