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    Baseball Holds On For 5-4 Victory Over Drexel
     

     
    Junior Eric Xidis scattered 10 hits and struck out five batters in 6 2/3 innings of work to pick up the victory.
     
    Junior Eric Xidis scattered 10 hits and struck out five batters in 6 2/3 innings of work to pick up the victory.
     
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    March 21, 2002

    Box Score

    Homestead, Florida - Drexel put forth a valiant comeback, but were unable to overtake the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team as the Flames earned a 5-4 victory over the Dragons on Thursday afternoon at the Homestead Challenge.

    UIC (10-3) held a 5-1 lead heading into the seventh inning, as Drexel scored three unanswered runs to pull within 5-4 in the bottom half of the eighth inning.

    Flames' relievers Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling), however, were up to the task and slammed the door shut.

    Bernabei allowed one run in two innings of work and struck out two batters. Haehnel struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his first collegiate save.

    UIC used an insurance run in the sixth inning to its advantage as sophomore third baseman Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) scored on a wild-pitch to put the Flames ahead 5-1.

    Junior rightfielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) led the way offensively for the Flames as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) went 2-for-2 with two runs scored on the day.

    Junior Eric Xidis (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville), who improved to 2-2 on the season, scattered 10 hits and struck out five batters in 6 2/3 innings to pick up a win in his first collegiate start.

    UIC will be back in action on Friday morning, as they will take on Harvard at 9:00 AM (CST).