Baseball Comes From Behind In Both Games To Earn Sweep Over Chicago State|
March 31, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning off of a throwing error by Chicago State third baseman Bobby Vaughn to pick up the 6-5 come-from-behind victory and the doubleheader sweep over the visiting Cougars to extend their winning streak to nine games at Les Miller Field on Monday evening.
In the opener, the Flames scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, capped off by a two-run double by senior catcher Weber Bowen, to earn the 8-3 victory over Chicago State.
With the sweep, UIC improves to 11-9 on the campaign, while the Cougars fall to 2-13 overall.
In the nightcap, UIC trailed Chicago State 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning as sophomore second baseman Bryan Russo roped a single to right field to begin the frame.
Junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir (4-for-4, 2 runs) attempted to sacrifice Russo over to second, but reached base himself as pitcher Jason Squier (1-3) was unable to get to the ball, putting runners at first and second for outfielder J.P. Moran.
Moran laid another bunt down the third-base line, Vaughn picked up the ball and overshot Chicago State first baseman Andy Paszko, allowing Russo and DeVoir to score the winning runs.
Sophomore reliever David Haehnel struck out three batters and allowed two hits in two innings of work as the southpaw kept his record flawless at 3-0 on the season.
In the opener, junior third baseman Nelson Gord led UIC offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. The Flames also received solid performances from Bowen (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run) and junior outfielder J.P. Carey (solo homer).
Sophomore reliever Charlie Hahn (2-1) picked up the victory for the Flames in the opener, allowing four hits and striking out one batter in two innings. Daniel Soria (0-3) went the distance for Chicago State, allowing eight runs and 15 hits in six innings of work.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday, as they will travel to DeKalb, Ill., to square off with the Northern Illinois Huskies in a non-conference match-up at 2:00 p.m.