Baseball Pulls Out Second Straight Extra-Inning Victory Over Florida A&M

Junior Weber Bowen recorded two RBI against Florida A&M on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Weber Bowen recorded two RBI against Florida A&M on Sunday afternoon.

Feb. 24, 2002

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Tallahassee, Florida - It wasn't pretty, but it was a victory.

Despite committing five errors, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team picked up their second extra-inning victory in as many days and the series sweep with a 7-6 win over Florida A&M in ten innings at Moore-Kittles Field on Sunday afternoon.

It was a hard fought battle for UIC as they held three leads throughout the day only to have the Rattlers tie it up.

The Flames, however, were able to break that trend in the top of the tenth inning.

Florida A&M reliever Harvell Harris opened the inning by hitting designated hitter Kevin Nelson, who advanced to second on Andy Deahl's sacrifice bunt. Freshman Bryan Russo plated Nelson with a double down the left field line, scoring Nelson for a 7-6 lead.

Junior transfer Eric Xidis had the opportunity to save the game for freshman Ryan Gehring in the bottom of the ninth inning as UIC held a 6-5 lead over the Rattlers.

Xidis entered the game with one out and one on and gave up a pair of singles, including the game tying hit from Florida A&M center fielder Frank Scott.

Xidis, however, was able to redeem himself in the bottom half of the tenth as he held Florida A&M scoreless to secure his first career victory at UIC.

Florida A&M was also quite generous to UIC as six out of the Flames' seven runs were unearned as a result of six Rattlers' errors.

UIC will be back in action on Friday, as they will travel to Ohio to take on the Xavier Musketeers at 2:00 PM.