St. Louis Holds Off Baseball, 4-3
March 7, 2003
St. Louis, Mo. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad's attempt for its first victory of the season fall short as host St. Louis held off a late Flames' rally to secure the 4-3 non-conference victory at Billiken Sports Center.
St. Louis took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning, as senior left fielder Chuck Peters opened the frame with a double. With one out, junior center fielder J.P. Moran followed with a single and moved to second on an error, allowing Peters to score and cut the Billikens' lead in half at 4-2.
Senior catcher Kevin Nelson reached on an infield error, allowing Moran to score from second base and narrow the gap to 4-3. St. Louis brought in reliever Tim Landy to face junior pinch hitter Marcus Goodman and promptly struck him out.
The Billikens brought in Dave Guntorius to face junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir and fanned him to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
Corey Lawson (1-1) earned the victory for St. Louis, as he scattered nine hits in 8.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four batters. Sophomore Ryan Gehring (0-1) took the loss for the Flames as he struck out five batters in seven innings of work, while allowing eight hits.
Offensively, DeVoir and junior first baseman Brad Ryan each picked up three hits for the Flames. Jake Friederich notched three base hits for St. Louis, while center fielder Pat Guyre tallied a homer off Gehring in the fifth inning.
With the victory, St. Louis improves to 2-3 on the season, while UIC falls to 0-4 on the campaign.
UIC will be back in action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., as they will take on St. Louis again in their second game of their three-game series.