Nicholls State Comes From Behind For 6-5 Victory Over Baseball|
March 18, 2003
Thibodaux, La. - Victory was in the grasp of the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team's hands on Tuesday night as they took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against host Nicholls State.
Just as quickly as UIC took control of the game, it was snatched away as Bryan James recorded a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to push the Colonels to the 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Flames at Ray E. Didier Field.
James' single capped off a four-run rally for Nicholls State.
With the victory, Nicholls State improves to 15-10 on the season, while the Flames fall to 2-8 overall.
UIC took a 5-2 lead into the seventh and seemed poised to get out of the frame as starting pitcher Ryan Martin recorded a pair of groundouts to begin the inning.
Nicholls State, however, would not go away quietly as the Colonels strung together four consecutive singles, including a throwing error by Martin, to cut the Flames' lead to 5-4. Martin issued a walk to Nicholls State left fielder Brad Dantonio to load the bases for the Colonels.
Nicholls State's game-winning theatrics began in the ninth when designated hitter Tony Ruiz roped a one-out single and advanced to second on a passed ball by catcher Kevin Nelson. Dantonio drew another walk from Xidis to set the stage for James' heroics.
J.P. Moran led the Flames offensively, going 3-for-5 with a RBI. UIC also received solid performances from shortstop Jordan DeVoir (2-for-5, 2 runs) and left fielder Chuck Peters (1-for-4, 3 RBI, run).
Casey Duhe (3-1) earned the victory for Nicholls State, pitching 4.1 innings of relief, holding the Flames to two hits, while striking out six.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they will square off with New Orleans at 6:30 p.m.