Baseball Drops First Game Of The Season To Xavier, 6-2
March 1, 2002
Cincinnati, Ohio - Xavier broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with four unanswered runs to earn the 6-2 victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team on Friday afternoon at Hayden Field.
The win broke a five-game losing streak for the Musketeers (3-5), while UIC drops to 3-1 for the season.
Senior right hander Larry Banks (1-1) took the loss for the Flames. Banks pitched 7 1/3 innings, struck out five batters, while scattering ten hits. Adam Jahnsen (2-1) tossed eight innings for Xavier and struck out five batters and allowing seven UIC hits.
Junior catcher Kevin Nelson provided the fireworks for UIC as he launched his first homer of the season to left field in the top of the seventh inning to tie the ball game at two.
Xavier, however, rallied in the bottom half of the frame as third baseman Kevin McKnight opened the inning up with a single. Ryan Schreen followed McKnight with a bunt single that put runners on first and second with no outs for the Musketeers.
Second baseman Eric Greenwell advanced the runners over a base with a sacrifice bunt and McKnight scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jay Johnson (2 RBI) to give Xavier a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will take on the University of Cincinnati in a doubleheader at noon.