Eighth-Inning Rally Spells Victory For UIC Baseball
March 31, 2000
Chicago, Ill. - For the second straight game, the UIC baseball team (8-16) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out a victory as the Flames stung the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees Friday afternoon, 7-4.
Junior righty Brad Mears was tremendous on the mound for UIC as he went the distance, allowing just four hits while striking out 14, which equaled the second-best strikeout performance by a UIC pitcher since the school became a Division I in 1981. After surrendering all four hits, and three earned runs, through the first three innings, Mears settled down nicely and allowed just two runners on base in the final six frames, both on walks. With the win, Mears improves to 2-3 on the year.
St. Ambrose (9-11) led off the game with a walk and then an error in left field cost the Flames' one run. A double by Bill Healy then sent one more across for an early 2-0 Fighting Bees lead.
UIC scored two runs in the bottom half of the first as a pair of walks to John Rosner and Bob Rosinski came back to haunt St. Ambrose starter Mike Tunning. Rosner scored on a pass ball and Rosinski touched home as Jason Hughes drove a shot to right field, knotting the game at 2-2.
The Fighting Bees added one more run in both the second and third innings to take a 4-2 lead, which it enjoyed until the eighth inning.
Weber Bowen led off the eighth with a single to centerfield and that got the Flames' rally rolling. Consecutive singles by Curtis Granderson, J.P. Moran, Joe Schicker and Rosner gave UIC a one-run lead, 5-4, and a double to left field by Sean McNichols plated two more runs for the Flames and sealed the victory.
UIC and St. Ambrose will meet again on Saturday and Sunday at Les Miller Field with both games starting at 1:00 p.m.