Flames Baseball Falls Short Against Saint Louis, 9-5
March 10, 2001
St. Louis, Mo. - The UIC baseball team dropped it second straight outing against the Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday, falling 9-5. The Flames, who fall to 3-11 for the year, came up just short against Saint Louis on Friday, losing 7-5. The win this afternoon improves the Billikens season mark to 7-5.
Both teams couldn't get much going offensively through the first three innings and played to a scoreless tie.
In the fourth, the Flames finally managed to plate their first run of the afternoon and take a one-run lead as Chris Kerpan (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegain), who reached on a double to left field, scored two plays later on an error by Saint Louis shortstop Paul Miles.
The Billikens, however, also had their bats come alive in the fourth frame as they put a two-spot on the board off of Flames' starter Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood).
The Flames came back with two runs in the fifth as both John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) and Bob Rosinski (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) scored for UIC. Saint Louis one-upped UIC again, though, plating three runs of its own in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead.
The Flames tied it up at 5-5 in the top of the sixth as three straight singles by Kyle Robinson (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles), Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) got the rally going. Gord's single drove Robinson home while Granderson scored when Rosner hit into a double play.
Saint Louis, however, took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as it used three hits, a hit-batter and three stolen bases to move the runners around.
Gilliam, who lasted five and two-thirds innings, was handed his first loss of the year. SLU reliever Brad Wehrfritz picked up the victory, which was his first of the season.
The two teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m.