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    Eric Duke belted his first home run of the season against Tennessee Tech on Friday.
     
    Eric Duke belted his first home run of the season against Tennessee Tech on Friday.
     
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    Feb. 25, 2000

    Box Score

    Cookeville, Tenn. - The UIC baseball team came up just short of picking up its second win of the season this afternoon as Tennessee Tech snagged an 11-7 win at Bush Stadium.

    The Flames (1-6) took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as Curtis Granderson led off the game with a walk. After Sean McNichols grounded out to move Granderson to second, Eric Duke drew a walk and a single by Jason Hughes loaded up the bases. A wild pitch scored Granderson and once Bob Rosinski earned the third walk of the inning, rookie J.P. Moran's sacrifice fly scored Duke to give UIC the early 2-0 lead.

    The Golden Eagles (2-2), however, roughed up Flames' starter Nick Worm as they struck for one run in the second, three in the third and two more in the fourth to claim a 6-2 lead. UIC rallied for two runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by Duke's first home run of the season, but Tennessee Tech responded with three more runs in the bottom half of the fifth to go ahead 9-4.

    The Flames cut the lead to 9-7 in the seventh as Rosinski and Moran each provided RBI's, but Tennessee Tech added two additional runs in bottom of the seventh and held on for the 11-7 victory.

    Worm was dealt his first loss of the season as he surrendered 10 hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings while striking out a pair.

    UIC and Tennessee Tech will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. (CST) at Bush Stadium.