Baseball Downs Valparaiso, 9-6
March 25, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Junior outfielder J.P. Moran went 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored to help lead the host University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team to the 9-6 non-conference victory over Valparaiso at Les Miller Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, UIC improves to 7-9 on the campaign, while the Crusaders fall to 3-9-1 overall on the season.
Junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir also turned in a solid effort offensively for the Flames, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Senior left-hander Scott Anderson (1-2) earned his first victory of the season allowing two runs, scattering five hits and striking out five batters in six innings of work. Junior right-hander Eric Carlson tossed one inning of hitless relief to earn his first career save.
Valpo's Sean Peickert was tagged with the loss, giving up six runs and 11 hits in 3.1 innings of work.
UIC took a 2-1 lead headed into the bottom of the fourth when they broke the game wide open with a four-spot. Right-fielder Mike Hughes (2-for-4) opened the frame with a double and scored on a three-base throwing error by Valpo third baseman Marc Boggio on a ground ball by second baseman Bryan Russo (1-for-4, 3 runs) to extend UIC's lead to 3-1.
Russo scored on a DeVoir double and Moran followed suit with a two-bagger of his own to push UIC ahead, 5-1. Moran advanced to third base on a Peickert wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by left-fielder Chuck Peters (2-for-4) to give the Flames the 6-1 advantage.
Moran would also play a key role in the bottom of the fifth as the Burlington, Wis., native poked a two-run single to put the game out of reach for the Crusaders.
Valparaiso made things interesting in the later innings as Kyle Young (solo) and Jeff Mandsager (3-run) each poked homers off UIC reliever Ryan Hopkins, but could only narrow the Flames' lead to 9-6.
UIC will be back in action on Thursday afternoon, as they will host Chicago State for a twin-bill with the first-pitch slated for 2:05 p.m.