Baseball Nips Chicago State In Game One, 4-3

Senior Mike Bruszer went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Chicago State in Game One
Senior Mike Bruszer went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Chicago State in Game One

March 26, 2005

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad withstood a late Chicago State rally and held on for the 4-3 non-conference victory over the Cougars in the opening game of their doubleheader at Les Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.

With two outs and trailing 4-1 in the top of the seventh, Chicago State recorded four consecutive singles, highlighted by a two-run single from centerfielder John Torres (2-for-4) to narrow the gap to 4-3, bringing pitcher Hector Navedo to the plate.

Navedo rolled a grounder to deep short, where Flames' shortstop Jeff Gremley backhanded the ball, and threw Navedo out to end the game.

With the victory, UIC improves to 6-9-1 on the season, while the Cougars remain winless at 0-21.

Senior second baseman Mike Bruszer led UIC offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while teammates Larry Gempp (2-for-3) and Jeff Gremley (1-for-2, 2 runs) each turned in impressive efforts at the plate.

UIC senior southpaw Tom Szalewski improved his record to 2-1, allowing three runs and six hits in 6.2 innings of work, while fanning four batters. Junior Jason Foster picked up his first career save, retiring Navedo for the final out. Chicago State starter Chris Freshour (0-5) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings of work.

Chicago State first baseman Andy Paszko paced the Cougars' offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the top of the sixth inning, while teammate Jonathan Sakurai chipped in two hits and a run scored.