Baseball Destroys Tennessee-Martin, 27-1
March 8, 2002
Martin, Tennessee - Junior designated hitter Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) went 5-for-7 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and a school-record eight runs batted in, to propel the University of Illinois at Chicago to the 27-1 victory over Tennessee-Martin at Skyhawk Field on Friday afternoon.
Bowen also recorded two doubles to move him into second in UIC history with 41 two-baggers during his career. Jody Brown holds the record with 52 doubles from 1992-95.
In all, the Flames' offense took Tennessee-Martin pitchers deep six times including grand slams from sophomores Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) and Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg). The three grand slams tied the national record for most in a game by a team.
Nelson finished the contest batting 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.
The last time the Flames' connected for six home runs was last season's 16-10 victory over Cleveland State in the opening game of a double-header on April 7th. For the game, UIC batted .444 (24-for-54).
UIC (4-1) also benefited from nine Tennessee-Martin errors, which translated to nine unearned runs for the Flames.
Senior John Rosner(Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) also turned in a solid effort for UIC as he was 3-for-5 with an RBI and five runs scored.
Senior right-hander Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth Academy) went six innings for the Flames and held the Skyhawks to three hits on the afternoon, while striking out five batters to improve to 2-1 on the season.
These same two teams will be back in action on Saturday for a double-header beginning at 12:00 PM.