Saint Louis Completes Three-Game Sweep Of Baseball|
March 9, 2003
St. Louis, Mo. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team put on a fine display of hitting on Saturday as the Flames torched host Saint Louis for a total of 25 runs in their double-header.
Their pitching, however, was not quite as brilliant as the Billikens swept the Flames, 16-14 and 11-10, to claim the three-game sweep over the weekend.
With the victories, Saint Louis improves to 4-3 on the season, while UIC falls to 0-6.
In game one, UIC seemed poised to earn their first victory of the campaign as they took a 14-8 lead over the Billikens heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Saint Louis, however, would not go away quietly as Ryan Murphy (2-for-6, 6 RBI) connected for a walk-off grand slam off UIC reliever Eric Xidis (0-2) to complete the eight-run inning and seal the win for the Billikens.
Sophomore second baseman Bryan Russo led the Flames offensively, going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI. Junior first baseman Brad Ryan (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI) picked up his first homer in a UIC uniform with a solo blast to open up the fourth inning.
Patrick Burtch (1-0) picked up the victory for Saint Louis, striking out both of the batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning.
The Billikens provided more fireworks in the night cap as they used a nine-run fourth inning to complete the sweep over the Flames with a 11-10 victory.
But not without a fight.
UIC came back and scored six runs in the top of the eighth, sparked by a three-run shot by Marcus Goodman (1-for-4, 3 RBI) to narrow Saint Louis' lead to 11-9.
The Flames looked poised to tie the game in the top of the ninth as they notched three-straight one out singles to cut the gap to 11-10 following a RBI single from Ryan (2-for-6, 2 RBI).
It would end there as Saint Louis reliever Joe Buehler (save) fanned designated hitter Chuck Peters (run, RBI) with pinch-runner Mark Homco on third base to end the game.
UIC starter Eric Carlson (0-1) took the loss for the Flames as he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings of work. Saint Louis starter Jake Baumgartner (2-0) scattered 14 hits over seven innings to earn the victory for the Billikens.
UIC will be back in action on Friday, as they will travel to Louisiana to take on UL-Lafayette for a three-game series, beginning at 6:00 p.m