Baseball Upsets No. 23 Ohio State, 3-2

Senior southpaw Wes Gilliam earned his third win of the season on Sunday morning.
Senior southpaw Wes Gilliam earned his third win of the season on Sunday morning.

March 24, 2002

Box Score

Homestead, Florida - Sophomore left fielder Mike Hughes' (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth-inning proved to be the difference as the Flames earned a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Ohio State on Sunday morning at the Homestead Sports Complex.

With the victory, UIC improves to 13-3 on the season, while Ohio State falls to 12-3-1.

Senior southpaw Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) scattered five hits over seven innings and struck out nine Buckeyes to keep his record spotless at 3-0. Freshman Ryan Gehring (Burlington, Wis./Burlington Central Catholic) tossed the final two innings and struck out two batters to earn his first career save.

Sophomore first baseman Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) got things started for UIC in the fifth inning with an infield single. Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) reached base on a throwing error by Ohio State third baseman Paul Farinacci on his sacrfice bunt attempt.

Freshman Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage) forced Lorenzo at third base and senior John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) flew out to center field to put runners at first and second with two outs for sophomore Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield).

Gord and Russo, however, advanced a base when catcher Joe Wilkins' pickoff attempt of Gord at second base, sailed into centerfield.

Bruszer walked to set the stage for Hughes' two-out, two-run single to right field. Senior Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) added a crucial insurance run with a RBI single to right field that plated Bruszer to give the Flames a 3-1 lead.



Gehring relieved Gilliam in the eighth inning and retired the first batter he faced. The rookie lefthander, however, allowed three consecutive singles that cut the UIC lead to 3-2.

Gehring regained his composure and struck out Wilkins and retired Christian Snively on a fly ball to end the Ohio State threat.

UIC will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they will travel to Indiana and take on the Valparaiso Crusaders at 2:00 PM.