#14 Arkansas Rallies For 7-4 Victory Over Baseball
March 4, 2005
Fayetteville, Ark. - The eighth inning proved to be fateful for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team as #14 Arkansas tallied six runs in the bottom half of the frame to pick up the 7-4 non-conference victory over the visiting Flames at Baum Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Arkansas infielder Clay Goodwin provided the crushing blow in the frame, with a three-run homer off of UIC starter Ryan Zink to put the Razorbacks ahead for good at 5-4.
Arkansas freshman Lee Land (1-0) earned the victory for the Razorbacks, tossing 1.2 innings of relief, fanning three batters while surrendering one hit. Zink (0-3) was the hard luck loser for the Flames, allowing 11 hits and six runs in seven innings of work.
With the victory, Arkansas improves to 10-1 overall, while the Flames remain winless at 0-6.
UIC senior outfielder Mike Bruszer led the way for the Flames' offensively, going 2-for-5 with a RBI, while senior second baseman Bryan Russo connected for the Flames' first homer of the season with a solo shot in the second inning.
The Flames missed an opportunity in the top of the eighth, as they had runners at second and third with no outs and failed to score.
Russo opened the frame with a walk and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore third baseman Nick Rainwater and a throwing error by Land. Russo was caught stealing home, on what was thought to be a wild pitch for the first out of the inning.
UIC attempted to rally in the top of the ninth, as they loaded the bases with one out, as junior designated hitter Bart Babineaux came to the plate. Arkansas reliever Trey Holloway, however, induced Babineaux into the game-ending, double-play, to earn his third save of the season.
Arkansas designated hitter Danny Hamblin paced the Razorbacks offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, including a solo home run. Razorbacks' third baseman John Marquardt also added three hits in the victory.
UIC freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the top of the ninth inning.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. (CST).