Baseball Pulls Out Extra Inning Victory Over Florida A&M, 2-0
Feb. 23, 2002
Tallahassee, Florida - For the second time in as many days, University of Illinois at Chicago baseball coach Mike Dee received a quality outing from his starting pitcher.
Senior southpaw Wes Gilliam tossed eight innings of one-hit ball and struck out seven batters as the University of Illinois at Chicago earned the 2-0 victory over Florida A&M in ten innings at Moore-Kittles Field on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Bill Bernabei (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win in relief, while A.J. Patrick (0-1) took the loss for the Rattlers.
With the victory UIC improves to 2-0 on the season, while Florida A&M falls to 4-9.
Florida A&M also received a strong performance from its starting pitcher as Mike Connell went eight innings and struck out eight batters while allowing only four hits.
Florida A&M's defense, however, proved suspect for the second straight day as UIC scored both of its runs courtesy of two Rattlers' errors in the top of the tenth inning.
Sophomore Chris Kerpan reached base on an error by Florida A&M second baseman Nick Parker to open up the frame. Kerpan advanced to second, when Patrick's attempt to throw him out after Bryan Russo's bunt attempt was wild.
Following a Mike Bruszer infield hit, sophomore Nelson Gord brought Kerpan home with a sacrifice fly. The Flames added an insurance run as senior John Rosner doubled home Russo for the final score of 2-0.
Junior transfer Eric Xidis came in relief of Bernabei in the bottom of the tenth and retired the side to secure the victory for UIC.
UIC will be back in action on Sunday morning, as they will square off with the Rattlers in the series finale at 11:00 AM (CST).