Baseball Rallies For Doubleheader Sweep Of Viterbo
March 23, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - For the second straight day, the University of Illinois at Chicago needed some late-game heroics.
For the second straight day...they got it.
UIC was trailing 4-2 with one out and one on in the bottom of the ninth inning as senior catcher Weber Bowen took an offering from Viterbo starter Ben Moore over the left-field wall for a two-run shot to help propel the host Flames to the 5-4 non-conference victory over the V-Hawks in the final game of their double-header on Sunday afternoon.
In Saturday's nightcap, junior outfielder J.P. Moran hit a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the tenth inning to lead UIC to the 4-3 extra-inning win over Viterbo.
In the opener, freshman Ryan Martin (1-0) allowed only two hits and struck out three batters in 5.1 innings of work to pick up his first career victory and lead UIC to the 6-0 whitewash of Viterbo.
With the sweep, UIC moves to 6-9 on the campaign, while the V-Hawks are 9-12 overall.
Following Bowen's heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning, junior first baseman Brad Ryan (3-for-4, run) roped a double to left-center field to open the bottom of the tenth. Viterbo reliever Ben LaFleur intentionally walked designated hitter Chuck Peters to put runners on first and second for the Flames.
LaFleur then helped UIC's cause as he uncorked a wild pitch, allowing pinch runner Kyle Robinson to advance to second base. He then was forced to walk catcher Kevin Nelson to load the bases for junior outfielder Mike Hughes (2-for-4, run, RBI), who plated Ryan with a sacrifice fly to end the game.
Sophomore left-hander David Haehnel (2-0), who earned the save in game one, scattered seven hits and struck out four batters in four innings of work to earn his second victory of the season.
In Game One, Nelson led the way offensively for the Flames, going 2-for-3, including his first homer of the season, along with two RBI and a run scored. The Flames also received two-hit performances from second baseman Bryan Russo (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and shortstop Jordan DeVoir (2-for-3, RBI, run).
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, as they will host Valparaiso at 3:05 p.m.