Baseball Rallies Past Missouri, 6-4
March 24, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo.- Jason Ganek hit an infield single that drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and made a stellar defensive play at third base in the bottom of that same inning to preserve the UIC baseball team's 6-4 comeback victory over Missouri at Taylor Stadium on Tuesday night.
Andy Leonard hit a game-tying two-run single in the eighth as the Flames (7-12) scored four times in the final two innings to win their fourth straight game.
UIC trailed the Tigers (11-12) 4-2 in the eighth when Tony Altavilla doubled to lead off the top half of that inning. Steve McGuiggan was hit by the first pitch he saw from starter Ian Berger, who was then relieved by Phil McCormick. McCormick struck out Jake Carr, who swung and missed as Altavilla and McGuiggan pulled off a double steal to put a pair in scoring position.
That set the stage for Leonard, who hit the first pitch he saw from new Mizzou hurler Brad Buehler into right center to knock in two and even the contest. Brandon Harwell followed with a single and moved into second moments later after Leonard was caught stealing third.
Up stepped Ganek, who hit a slow dribbler up the middle that was fielded by Tiger shortstop Michael Liberto. But Ganek beat out Liberto's attempt at an inning-ending toss to first, allowing Harwell to score the tie-breaking run.
Missouri had runners at second and third with two out in the next half-inning against Miramontes, who induced a sharp grounder down the third base line that Ganek gloved on a tough hop and fired over to Harwell at first to halt the threat.
The Flames added insurance in the ninth when Rubio hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on Nathan Orf's sacrifice bunt and scored on Altavilla's sac fly to center.
Miramontes retired the side in the ninth, starting a key double play and fanning Greg Folgia to end the game.
UIC played most of the game without head coach Mike Dee, who was ejected in the bottom of the fifth for arguing with first base umpire Mark Winters.
Ganek finished the game 2-for-4 with a triple.
UIC concludes its two-game series against the Tigers tomorrow, Mar. 25 at new start time of 3 p.m., an hour earlier than previously scheduled.