UIC Baseball Drops 13-6 Outing At Evansville
March 26, 2000
Evansville, Ind. - A controversial single down the right field line sparked a five-run second inning for Evansville and the Purple Aces cruised on to a 13-6 win over UIC Sunday afternoon.
The hit by Evansville's Doug Schoenekase appeared to be a foul ball and home plate umpire Mike Rust raised both arms and looked to be calling the ball foul before reversing his decision and signaling it to be a fair ball, which scored two.
UIC coach Mike Dee argued profusely that the ball was foul, which resulted in his ejection from the game. The controversy, however, seemed to spark the Flames in the top of the third as they rallied for three runs to cut the Aces lead to 5-3.
John Rosner led off with a double to right field and Curtis Granderson tagged his third home run of the season for UIC's first two runs of the game. Sean McNichols and Jason Hughes then singled before a third consecutive single by Weber Bowen scored McNichols.
Evansville, however, plated two more runs in the fourth, one more in the fifth, sixth and seventh and three more in the eighth to sweep the three-game series with the 13-6 win.
UIC pitched by committee with six different players taking the mound. Starter Gene Rausch, making his second appearance in as many days, was handed the loss for his first defeat of the year.