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    Les Miller Field




    March 27, 2005

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad jumped on Chicago State starter Jonathan Duncan for seven runs in the first inning, highlighted by Bryan Russo's grand slam, and never looked back as the Flames earned the 17-2 non-conference victory and doubleheader sweep over the Cougars at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.

    Russo finished the day with five RBI and two runs scored, while teammate Ted Rosinski was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored in the victory. Rosinski completed the doubleheader with five hits and seven RBI.

    With the sweep, UIC improves to 9-9-1, while the Cougars remain winless at 0-24.

    UIC sophomore pitcher Ryan Hopkins (1-0) picked up the win for the Flames, scattering nine hits in eight innings of work, while fanning five batters. Duncan (0-1) took the loss for the Cougars, surrendering 10 runs, six hits and five walks in five innings.

    Chicago State centerfielder Chris Goya paced the Cougars' offensive attack with three hits, while teammate Joe Perez connected for a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Chicago State third baseman Jason Grace and second baseman Jonathan Sakurai each chipped in two hits in the loss.

    UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will welcome Purdue-North Central to Les Miller Field for a 6:35 p.m. (CST) first pitch.