Baseball Sweeps Viterbo, 9-0 and 4-3 in extra innings

Sophomore Ryan Gehring tossed 6.1 innings of no-hit ball in Saturday's opener.
Sophomore Ryan Gehring tossed 6.1 innings of no-hit ball in Saturday's opener.

March 22, 2003

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - It was a day of clutch performances for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad as the Flames earned the double-header sweep over Viterbo at Les Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Ryan Gehring took the bump for the Flames in the opener and pitched 6.1 innings of no-hit baseball and struck out five batters to help propel UIC to the 9-0 shutout victory over the V-Hawks.

Junior outfielder J.P. Moran provided the heroics for UIC in the nightcap as the Burlington, Wis., launched a solo-homer in the bottom of the tenth inning to cap off the Flames' 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Viterbo in 10 innings.

With the sweep, UIC improves to 4-9 on the campaign, while Viterbo falls to 9-10 overall.

Gehring's bid for a no-hitter ended with one out in the top of the seventh inning as Viterbo right fielder Travis Brown tapped a slow roller past the outstretched arms of UIC first baseman Chris Kerpan. Flames second baseman Bryan Russo picked the ball up, but his throw to Gehring (2-1) at first was late.

Jim Hanson took the loss for Viterbo in Game One, allowing nine runs - six earned, while surrendering 11 UIC hits.

Junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir led the way offensively for the Flames in the opener, as the Washington State native went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, including his first homer in an UIC uniform in the top of the first inning. The Flames also received solid performances from first baseman Brad Ryan (2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI), catcher Kevin Nelson (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run) and right fielder Mike Hughes (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs).



In the nightcap, Viterbo hurler Andy Kriedermacher was in control for a majority of the contest as he limited the Flames to three hits in seven innings. Kriedermacher also got himself out of a jam in the bottom of the eighth inning as he fanned both DeVoir and Moran with two outs and two on to end the frame to keep the V-Hawks lead at 3-1.

Viterbo skipper Larry Lipker left Kriedermacher in for the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Flames finally got to the right-hander. Ryan roped a double to begin the frame and scored on a Chuck Peters single to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Junior third baseman Nelson Gord then sent a grounder that Viterbo third baseman Josh Mackinnon was unable to come up with. Gord advanced to second on the play, sending pinch runner Ted Rosinski to third base. Kriedermacher intentionally walked Hughes to load the bases for designated hitter Weber Bowen.

Bowen patiently waited and induced Kriedermacher into a walk, forcing in the game-tying run and sending the game into extra innings.

UIC reliever David Haehnel (1-0) quickly retired the side, setting the stage for Moran's heroics in the bottom half of the tenth.

Moran (3-for-5, run, RBI) stepped to the plate against V-Hawks reliever Michael Iverson and quickly deposited his offering over the right field wall for his first homer of the season and the victory.

Freshman John Flood turned in an impressive performance in a starting role for the Flames, scattering six hits and striking out five batters in eight innings of work.

Both teams will be back in action again on Sunday for another double-header with the first-pitch slated for 12:05 p.m.