Baseball Sweeps Youngstown State In Horizon League Opener
April 5, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Sophomore left-hander Ryan Gehring continues to dominate opposing batters as the Burlington, Wis., native earned his third-consecutive shutout victory in as many starts, picking up the 7-0 win over Youngstown State in the opening game of Saturday's Horizon League doubleheader at Les Miller Field.
In seven innings of work, Gehring (3-1) allowed five hits and struck out five batters. In his last three starts, Gehring has allowed only nine hits.
The offensive onslaught continued in the nightcap, as UIC pounded out 13 hits on their way to a 12-2 victory over the Penguins to complete the doubleheader sweep.
With the victories, UIC improves to 13-10 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League, while Youngstown State drops to 11-12 and 0-2 in league action. UIC has won their last 15 contests at Les Miller Field.
Senior designated hitter Weber Bowen led the offensive charge for the Flames in the opener, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. UIC also received solid efforts from outfielder J.P. Moran (3-for-4, RBI) and junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir (2-for-4, 2 runs).
Youngstown State pitcher Kyle Sobecki (2-3) was saddled with the loss in game one, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in four innings of work.
DeVoir (2-for-5, 2 triples) and junior third baseman Nelson Gord (3-run double) were the offensive catalysts for the Flames in Game Two. Senior catcher Kevin Nelson and sophomore second baseman Bryan Russo each notched two hits and two RBI for UIC.
Freshman John Flood (2-1) earned the victory for the Flames in the nightcap, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs in seven innings of work. Youngstown State starter Corey Ohalek took the loss for the Penguins, giving up nine runs and nine hits in six innings of work.
Youngstown State first baseman Jim Lipinski (3-for-4) provided the lone offensive highlight for the Penguins in the top of the seventh inning with a solo homer over the left-field fence.
Both teams will square off again on Sunday afternoon, with another twinbill slated for 12:00 p.m.