Baseball Takes Two From Cleveland State In Slugfest, 16-10 and 22-6
April 7, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC baseball team improved to 3-0 in Midwestern Collegiate Conference play after sweeping a pair of high-scoring, wind-blown affairs against Cleveland State Saturday afternoon, 16-10 and 22-6.
The Flames' bats were scorching today and a fierce wind blowing straight out to center field didn't hurt either as UIC struck for 38 hits and nine home runs in the pair of games while compiling a .507 batting average. Sophomore designated hitter Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the home run barrage as he tallied three on the afternoon for his first three roundtrippers of the year. Eight other players belted one each for the Flames.
In game one, UIC (13-18, 3-0 MCC) grabbed a 6-0 lead through two complete innings as a three-run blast by Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) and a solo shot by Peters led to a four-run first inning. A triple in the second by Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) led to two more UIC runs.
Cleveland State (11-14, 0-3 MCC) tallied its first three runs of the game in the third inning, but UIC responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the third. The Flames continued to match the Vikings' offensive efforts over the final four innings of the game to close out a 16-10 victory.
Sophomore Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth Academy) picked up his third win of the year after tossing five and two-thirds innings. The righty gave up 15 hits and six earned runs while striking out nine before turning the mound over to Gene Rausch (Kasson, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville). The junior lefty finished up the game and struck out three en route to his first save of the season.
In game two, Cleveland State used a pair of hits to take a one-run lead in the top of the first. The Flames, however, responded with a seven-run rally in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a solo home run by John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) and a two-run bomb by Bob Rosinski (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier).
After trading runs in the second, the Flames took a 12-2 lead in the third as they plated four more runs on four hits. UIC added one more run in the fourth and the rout was on following a nine-run fifth inning.
Senior righty Nick Worm (Montgomery, Minn./Montgomery-Lonsdale), in his second start of the season, tossed six innings and surrendered eight hits and four earned runs while striking out three en route to his first victory of the year.
Granderson finished the afternoon twinbill with a Flames-high seven hits while first baseman Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) drove in a team-best seven runs. In all, eight UIC starters compiled a .400 or better batting average in the victories, while roughing up seven different Cleveland State pitchers. The Vikings, whose pitching staff was hit for a 25.50 ERA in the games, tallied four home runs on the afternoon, including a pair by outfielder Brian Beaumier.
The two squads will wrap up their four-game series with a single nine-inning outing Sunday afternoon starting at 12:05 p.m.