Baseball's 11-Game Winning Streak Comes To An End.
April 6, 2002
Niles, Ohio - Youngstown State's Kendall Schlabach's single in the bottom of the tenth inning capped off a three-run rally as the Penguins broke the UIC's 11-game winning streak with a 3-2 extra-inning victory in the second game of their doubleheader at Cafaro Field on Saturday afternoon.
UIC took home the victory in the opening game as senior right hander Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth) tossed a complete-game shutout as the Flames picked up the 7-0 victory. Banks struck out six batters and allowed five hits to improve his record to 6-1 on the season.
With the split, UIC moves to 18-4 on the season and 1-1 in Horizon League action, while Youngstown State takes its record to 7-10 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Senior southpaw Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) was on cruise control for UIC as he held Youngstown State scoreless throughout the first 7 1/3 innings, while allowing five hits as the Flames held a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Gilliam and the Flames, however, ran into trouble in that frame as Youngstown State second baseman Ty Furino reached base on a throwing error by UIC third baseman Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove). Furino attempted to advance to second base on the throwing error, and his progress was impeded by first base umpire, Greg Patoray.
Furino was thrown out at second base by UIC first baseman Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence0, but later was awarded the base due to the umpire's interference. Furino advanced to third on a ground out by Schlabach and scored on a double by YSU catcher Adam Cox. Gilliam then issued a RBI single by Jim Lipinski to knot the game up at 2-apiece.
Freshman reliever Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) came on in relief of Gilliam and retired Mark Nightingale to end the eighth inning and struck out the side in the ninth inning.
Youngstown State pinch hitter Kyle Penrod opened the bottom of the tenth with a single off Bernabei and advanced to second when Lorenzo was unable to handle a Bernabei pickoff attempt. Furino advanced Penrod to third with a sacrifice bunt, which set the stage for Schlabach's heroics.
Junior right fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the Flames, while Lorenzo and shortstop Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) each picked up two hits for UIC.
Youngstown State's Corey Ohalek pitched all 10 innings to earn his third win of the season, while Bernabei (1-1) was saddled with the loss for UIC.
In game one, senior center fielder John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Flames to the 7-0 victory.
Bruszer also enjoyed a solid game offensively for UIC, as the sophomore shortstop was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while teammates Lorenzo and Granderson also notched two hits during the contest.
Both teams will square off again on Sunday afternoon for another doubleheader that will begin at 11:00 AM (CST).