Baseball Comes From Behind For 4-3 Extra-Inning Victory Over Michigan

Junior left fielder Shane Crowder went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two outfield assists.
Junior left fielder Shane Crowder went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two outfield assists.

Feb. 28, 2004

Box Score

Port St. Lucie, Fla. - University of Illinois at Chicago junior left fielder Shane Crowder let his bat do the talking on Saturday afternoon.

His arm also had something to say.

Crowder went 2-for-4 with a RBI, and had two outfield assists to help the Flames come-from-behind for the 4-3 victory over Michigan in 11 innings at Tradition Field on Saturday.

"We were hitting the ball hard all day," Assistant Coach Sean McDermott said. "It was far from our best game, but it was a good win for us, so now we have the series and we'll come back tomorrow and try to get the sweep."

With the victory, UIC improves to 4-1 on the campaign, while the Wolverines' remain winless at 0-4.

With Michigan holding a 3-2 lead over the Flames in the bottom of the tenth, UIC Head Coach Mike Dee put on a hit and run with Bryan Russo (2-for-3) and Crowder.

Crowder promptly plated Russo with a RBI single, tying the game up at three.

Earlier in the frame, Crowder put an end to the Wolverines' rally, throwing out a runner at home to end the inning and Michigan leaving with only a one-run inning.

The Flames put the game away in the bottom of the 11th inning when junior Jordan DeVoir opened the frame with a double down the left-field line. DeVoir advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

Freshman Ryan Zink (1-0) picked up his first career victory, tossing three innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out two batters. UIC starter David Haehnel gave up two runs, five hits and struck out five batters in eight innings of work.

UIC and Michigan will wrap up their series on Sunday morning, with the first pitch slated for 11:00 a.m. (CST).