Weinberg Wins Debut, Baseball Beats Le Moyne
Feb. 21, 2010
CARY, N.C.- Charlie Weinberg allowed just one hit in five outstanding innings to win his collegiate debut, and the UIC baseball team scored three runs in back-to-back frames to defeat Le Moyne, 8-4, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Sunday.
Weinberg struck out three and retired the final 12 hitters he faced for the victory, and Michael Heesch recorded a four-inning save for the Flames (1-3).
Weinberg struggled with control in the first inning, issuing three walks and unfurling a wild pitch. The Dolphins (2-2) scored their runs on an RBI single and a sac fly.
But the rookie right-hander settled down and didn't allow anything after the opening frame. Only one LeMoyne batter reached base during the rest of his outing, and that was on a catcher's interference call.
The Flames cut their deficit in half in the fourth on Boss' RBI groundout, and UIC captured the lead in the next inning with a three-spot. Serna hit a deep drive that went in and out of the glove of a diving Brett Botsford in right center for a triple that brought home the tying and go-ahead runs, and Meehan hit a double to left for another tally.
UIC repeated the three-run feat in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two out, Chris Rutta sent a hard-hit grounder to the left side that ate up third baseman Paul Speicher and bounced off his glove for a two-base error that cleared the bags.
After another Meehan double in the seventh, Boss hit the first pitch he saw from Tom McDermott into left center for his second RBI of the day.
Heesch rolled through three innings and allowed two meaningless runs in the ninth, ending the game by inducing a 6-4-3 double play.
UIC heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama next weekend.
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