Baseball Holds Off Valparaiso, 3-2
April 1, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago senior shortstop Jeff Gremley went 3-for-4, including a solo-homer, to help the Flames extend their winning streak to six games with the 3-2 non-conference victory over Valparaiso at Les Miller Field on Friday afternoon.
UIC senior center fielder Mike Bruszer added two hits in the victory for the Flames.
With the win, UIC improves to 11-9-1, while the Crusaders drop to 7-9 on the campaign.
UIC sophomore pitcher Ryan Zink (2-3) earned the victory for the Flames, going 8.2 innings, surrendering six hits while fanning seven batters. Junior reliever Jason Foster retired the final batter to earn his second save of the season.
Valpo starter Harvey Yergin (0-4) was tagged with the loss, scattering seven hits and striking out three batters in eight innings of work.
UIC got on the board in the first inning, as Gremley opened the frame with a double and moved over to third on a single from Bruszer. Freshman Mark Hallberg plated Gremley with a sacrifice fly, giving the Flames the 1-0 lead.
UIC tacked on two more runs in the third inning, as Gremley led off the frame with a solo homer off the fair pole, putting the Flames ahead, 2-0. Hallberg reached base on a throwing error by Valpo shortstop Kevin Kutansky (2-for-4, run) and later scored on a RBI single from senior third baseman Bryan Russo, extending UIC's advantage to 3-0.
Valpo used a little two-out magic in the fifth inning, as they loaded the bases for Crusaders' right-fielder Matt Augustine. Augustine looped a soft, two-run single to right-field off of Zink, narrowing UIC's lead to 3-2.
The Crusaders rallied in the top of the ninth, as Jeff Rickert was hit by a Zink offering with two outs and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Foster came in and retired left fielder Kevin Perri on a soft fly to center field, ending the game.
The Flames and Crusaders will be back in action at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Valparaiso's Emory G. Bauer Field.