Western Illinois Holds On For 8-7 Victory Over Baseball
April 2, 2004
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.
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.