Baseball Edges Iowa, 5-4, In 10 Innings
March 20, 2005
Sarasota, Fla. - For the second-straight day, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad had to put in a little extra work as the Flames, behind a game-winning sacrifice fly from sophomore outfielder Larry Gempp Jr., earned their fifth consecutive win with the 5-4 non-conference victory in 10 innings over Iowa at Twin Lakes Park on Saturday evening.
With one out in the top of the tenth inning, senior shortstop Jeff Gremley (1-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) drew a walk off Hawkeye reliever Kevin Sunderman and moved over to third base on a single by junior catcher Bryan Nolte (3-for-4, RBI), setting the stage for Gempp's heroics.
With the victory, UIC improves to 5-8 overall, while the Hawkeyes drop to 4-7 on the campaign.
UIC used a little clutch hitting in the fourth inning, as the Flames scored all four of their runs in the frame with two outs, led by RBI singles from Ted Rosinski (2-for-3, run), Gremley and Nolte. The Flames also received a solid performance at the plate from junior outfielder Bart Babineaux (3-for-4, run).
UIC junior pitcher Jason Foster (2-3) earned the victory for the Flames, scattering three hits and striking out four batters in 5.1 innings of relief. Sunderman was tagged with the loss, allowing one run and one hit in one inning of work.
Iowa catcher Kris Welker and outfielder Nate Yoho (RBI) led the Hawkeyes' offensive attack with two hits apiece.
UIC will continue their Florida trip on Monday afternoon, as they will square off with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m.