Baseball Rolls To 14-5 Victory Over Purdue-North Central
March 29, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team took advantage of some wild pitching from Purdue-North Central as the Flames drew seven walks on the evening, six of which came around to score, as UIC extended its winning streak to five games with the 14-5 non-conference victory over the Panthers at Les Miller Field on Tuesday night.
UIC junior first baseman Jason Friedman paced the Flames' offensive attack, going 3-for-5 with five RBI and a run scored. Junior outfielder Ted Rosinski went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored on the evening, while sophomore second baseman Nick Rainwater connected for his first career homer, a solo-shot, in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With the victory, UIC improves to 10-9-1, while the Panthers fall to 7-10 on the campaign.
Junior pitcher Scott Saling (1-0) earned the victory for the Flames, scattering seven hits and striking out two batters in six innings of work. PNC reliever William Pitts (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers, allowing five runs in one inning of work, while issuing three bases on balls.
PNC got on the board in the first inning, as Ryan Hawkins and Dustin Waters opened the frame with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from first baseman Steve Georgian. Catcher Chris Stocker plated Hawkins with a RBI single, putting the Panthers ahead, 1-0.
UIC answered in the bottom of the second, as Rosinski drove in Larry Gempp Jr. with a double to right-center field, knotting the game up at 1-apiece.
UIC took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning, as pinch-hitter Bryan Nolte roped a two-run double with the bases-loaded to put the Flames ahead, 3-1. Friedman put an exclamation point on the frame with a bases-clearing, two-bagger, extending UIC's advantage to 6-1.
The Flames tagged another five-spot on PNC in the bottom of the fourth, when seniors Jeff Gremley and Mike Bruszer each drew one-out walks. Gremley and Bruszer advanced on a double steal and scored on a two-run single by Bryan Russo. The Flames added three more runs in the frame on a RBI single from Rosinski and a two-run infield single by Friedman, extending the Flames advantage to 11-1.
UIC tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning, behind a leadoff homer from Rainwater, putting the Flames ahead, 12-1.
PNC scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, behind a RBI single from Joe Reid and a wild-pitch from Saling, narrowing the gap to 12-3.
The Panthers added a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning, as Waters reached base on a Rainwater error and moved over to second on an infield single by Georgian. Both Waters and Georgian advanced a base on a wild pitch by UIC reliever Tom Szalewski.
Waters scored on a RBI groundout from Stocker, while shortstop Aaron Aigner plated Georgian with a sacrifice fly, cutting UIC's lead to 12-5.
The Flames added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, as Gremley tallied a two-run single, putting UIC ahead, 14-5.
UIC and PNC will do battle once again on Wednesday afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 4:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.