Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Tennessee-Martin On Sunday
March 10, 2002
Martin, Tennessee - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team was thisclose to completing a four-game sweep of Tennessee-Martin on Sunday afternoon as they held a 1-0 lead over the Skyhawks with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Consecutive RBI singles by Brady Nighswonger and Brad Meadows off Flames' reliever Eric Xidis (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) quickly put an end to that thought as Tennessee-Martin bounced back for the 2-1 victory in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader at Skyhawk Field to avoid the sweep.
Meadows also went the distance for Tennessee-Martin, scattering four hits and fanning nine UIC batters to earn the victory. Xidis (1-1) struck out three batters in 2 2/3 innings of work.
UIC got on the board in the fourth inning as sophomore third baseman Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) scored on an RBI groundout by senior centerfielder John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette).
Pitching, however, proved to be UIC's strength in game one, as senior Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) and freshman Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) combined to shut out Tennessee-Martin, 3-0.
Gilliam pitched 3 1/3 innings, striking out three batters while scattering four hits to earn his first victory of the season, while Bernabei closed out the game for the Flames with five K's and allowing only two hits to earn his first career save.
Offensively, UIC scored all of its runs in the second inning as Rosner reached base on an error by UTM shortstop Michael Roof. Junior designated hitter Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) plated Rosner with an RBI double.
Sophomore first baseman Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) followed suit with an RBI single. Homco advanced to third base on a throwing error by UTM pitcher TJ Allen off a Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage). Gord then pushed Homco home with an RBI single.
UIC will be back in action on Friday against Radford at 6:00 PM, as they will participate in the Homestead Challenge in Homestead, Florida.