Baseball Pounds Ball State, 14-4, In Homestead Challenge Opener

Senior Larry Banks picked up his third win of the season on Friday night.
Senior Larry Banks picked up his third win of the season on Friday night.

March 16, 2002

Box Score

Homestead, Florida - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team used the strength of a nine-run sixth inning to earn a 14-4 victory over Ball State in their opening contest at the Homestead Challenge on Friday night.

With the victory, UIC improves to 7-2 on the season, while Ball State drops to 4-7 overall.

John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) and Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) each led the way offensively for the Flames as both were 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Senior Larry Banks (3-1) earned his third victory of the season as he scattered 11 hits over eight innings of work along with four strikeouts. Andrew Anderson took the loss for the Cardinals as he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

The Flames, who were leading 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, opened up the frame with consecutive singles from Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage), Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield). Junior Curtis Granderson followed suit with a single of his own that plated Russo.

Rosner took first base as Ball State reliever Michael Penn plunked him with an offering to load the bases with Bruszer and Granderson. Bruszer then scored on a wild pitch by Penn.

Penn then issued a free pass to junior Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) to load the bases again Nelson. Nelson notched a single to centerfield to score Granderson and put the Flames ahead 8-4.

The single parade continued for junior left fielder Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) as he brought Nelson and Rosner home. Peters advanced to second on a fielding error by Ball State right fielder Brad Snyder.



Penn issued another pair of free passes to Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) to set the stage for Bruszer's second at-bat of the inning.

Bruszer brought home both pinch runner J.P. Carey (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) and Homco with a two-run single to left field, putting UIC ahead 13-4. Rosner capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Gord from third base.