Saint Louis Rallies For 15-13 Victory Over Baseball
March 6, 2004
St. Louis, Mo. - Saint Louis tallied 13 unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh inning to rally from a 13-2 deficit and earn the 15-13 non-conference victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago at the Billiken Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
Billikens' centerfielder Kyle Wort went 2-for-3 with his second homer in as many days and two RBI. Saint Louis also received solid performances from Chris Bachkora (2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Scott Peder (3-for-5, RBI, run), John O'Rourke (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Bill Musselman (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI).
"We had a breakdown on the mound," UIC Assistant Coach Sean McDermott said. "We weren't ahead in the count all day, so we were pitching from behind.
"We had a 13-2 lead, so all we had to do was get ahead in the count and give ourselves a chance, and we didn't do that today."
With the victory, Saint Louis improves to 4-6 on the campaign, while the Flames fall to 5-3 overall.
Senior right fielder Mike Hughes led UIC offensively, going 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI, while teammate Bryan Russo was 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs and a homer for the Flames. UIC leftfielder Shane Crowder and shortstop Jordan DeVoir each chipped in three hits apiece for the Flames.
UIC reliever Tom Szalewski (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Saint Louis reliever Adam Schroeder earned the victory for the Billikens, allowing one run in three innings of work, while Kris Webber tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.
"You have to give Saint Louis credit," McDermott said. "They did what it took to get the job done."
UIC will try to avoid the three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. (CST).