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    Junior second baseman Bryan Russo connected for a two-run homer on Saturday afternoon.
     
    Junior second baseman Bryan Russo connected for a two-run homer on Saturday afternoon.
     
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    March 20, 2004

    Box Score

    Coral Gables, Fla. - University of Miami (FL) first baseman Jim Burt went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI, including the game-winning two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning, to lift the host Hurricanes to the 6-4 non-conference victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago at Mark Light Field on Saturday night.

    Hurricanes' shortstop Ryan Braun also went deep with a solo-shot in the fourth inning.

    With the victory, Miami improves to 18-3 overall while the Flames fall to 7-6 on the campaign.

    UIC junior lefthander David Haehnel allowed all three homers and drops to 1-2 on the season.

    Sophomore designated hitter Ted Rosinski led the Flames offensively, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while juniors Bryan Russo (2-run homer) and Justin Johnson each recorded a pair of RBI for UIC.

    Miami freshman pitcher Ricky Orta earned the victory in relief, allowing two runs and striking out four batters in two innings of work. The Miami pitching staff kept the Flames in check all evening as they fanned 15 batters.

    "It was an ugly game," UIC Assistant Coach Sean McDermott said. "We played hard, competed well, but we just struck out too much."

    The series will conclude on Sunday evening, with the first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m. (CST).