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    Western Illinois Holds On For 8-7 Victory Over Baseball
     

     
    Junior catcher Justin Johnson connected for his fifth homer of the season on Friday night.
     
    Junior catcher Justin Johnson connected for his fifth homer of the season on Friday night.
     
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    April 2, 2004

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago junior catcher Justin Johnson provided some theatrics in the bottom of the ninth inning with his fifth homer of the season, but it wasn't enough as Western Illinois held on for the 8-7 non-conference victory over the Flames at Les Miller Field on Friday night.

    Western Illinois took an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth when Johnson took reliever Jon Adams deep to cut the Leathernecks lead to one.

    Western Illinois head coach Stan Hyman brought in reliever Nathan Miller and he promptly retired the Flames in order to secure the victory for the Leathernecks.

    With the victory, Western Illinois improves to 12-18 on the season, while the Flames fall to 12-9 overall.

    WIU's James Kalinowski picked up the victory for the Leathernecks, improving to 3-2 on the season, while Miller earned his third save of the season. UIC's Ryan Zink (3-2) took the loss for the Flames, allowing seven runs - five earned - in seven innings of work.

    Johnson, Jordan DeVoir (run), Brad Ryan (3 runs) and Nelson Gord each picked up two hits apiece in the loss for the Flames.

    Junior second baseman Bryan Russo extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a RBI double in the third inning.

    Both teams will be in action on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader, slated to begin at 2:05 p.m.