Baseball Extends Winning Streak To Ten Games With 20-14, 8-0 Sweep Of Viterbo
March 30, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago baseball coach Mike Dee became the quickest coach to reach 100 wins in UIC history as the Flames earned a 20-14, 8-0 sweep over Viterbo at Les Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.
The sweep extends UIC's winning-streak to 10 games to improve its record to 17-3, while Viterbo falls to 7-13.
Junior first baseman Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) led the Flames' offensively on the day as he went 6-for-8, including a 5-for-5 performance in the nightcap, along with four RBI. Junior right fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) continued to dominate opposing pitchers, as he was 5-for-7, with six runs scored, a triple and a two-run homer.
UIC jumped out to an early 15-2 lead over Viterbo and held on for the 20-14 victory in game one. Sophomore Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while teammate Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Senior pitcher Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) improved his record to 4-0 on the season as he scattered six hits and struck out four batters in four innings of work.
Freshman Ryan Gehring (Burlington, Wis./Central Catholic) set a new Les Miller Field record as he fanned 15 Viterbo batters en route to his third victory of the season. Gehring allowed four hits in eight innings of work, while reliever Scott Anderson (Beulah, ND/Beulah) struck out a pair of batters in the ninth inning to complete the shutout victory.
Offensively, Deahl led the Flames with a 5-for-5, 2 RBI performance, followed by John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) and Granderson. Rosner was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Granderson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they will host in-state rival Northern Illinois at 3:05 P.M. at Les Miller Field.