Michigan Holds Off Baseball, 7-5|
Feb. 25, 2005
Port St. Lucie, Fla. - A late rally by the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team fell short on Friday afternoon, as Michigan held on for the 7-5 non-conference victory at the Mets' Spring Training Complex.
Trailing 7-4 in the top of the ninth inning, UIC senior second baseman Mike Bruszer (1-for-3, 2 RBI) opened the frame with a single. Bruszer moved over to third on two consecutive ground-outs and scored on a RBI single from senior third baseman Bryan Russo to cut the Flames' deficit to two at 7-5.
Junior outfielder Bart Babineaux (3-for-5, RBI, SB) followed suit with another single to put the tying run at the plate in junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski with two outs. Rosinski, however, offered at a 1-2 pitch from Wolverines' reliever Ali Husain and fanned to end the game.
"We played a lot better than we did last weekend," UIC Head Coach Mike Dee said. "We improved a lot in the areas that needed to improve upon.
"Michigan is a very good club, and we just got beat by a better team today."
With the victory, Michigan improves to 1-0 on the campaign, while the Flames drop to 0-4 overall.
Michigan starter Michael Penn picked up the victory in the Wolverines' season-opener, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings of work, while striking out five batters. Husain gave up one run and three hits in the ninth inning to earn the save.
UIC starter Jason Foster (0-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs and 12 hits in five innings.
Michigan's 2-through-4 batters proved to be difficult to handle for the Flames' hurlers on Friday afternoon, as the trio of Doug Pickens, Chris Getz and Kyle Bohm each went 3-for-5 to finish a combined 9-for-15.
UIC and Michigan will be back in action on Saturday and will attempt to complete a double-header, beginning at 1:00 p.m.