Baseball Finishes Off Sweep Of Cleveland State On Sunday With 4-2 Win
April 8, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC baseball team had its brooms out Sunday afternoon as the Flames completed the sweep of Cleveland State with a 4-2 victory. UIC took a 6-1 win over the Vikings on Friday before grabbing both outings of Saturday's doubleheader, 16-10 and 22-6.
With the four-game sweep, the Flames are currently tied for first place in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference with a 4-0 record while overall they are 14-18 with wins in nine of their last 10 games. UW-Milwaukee, with a sweep of Detroit this weekend, is also 4-0 in league action.
After the hitters stole the show on Saturday, tallying a combined 65 hits and 44 runs in the twinbill, it was a pitcher's duel on Sunday between UIC's Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) and Cleveland State's Jerry Long.
The Vikings struck first as they plated one run in the top of the first inning as a single by Brian Beaumier scored Keith Lillash from second base. The Flames promptly knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame as UIC pulled off a double steal, with John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) snagging second base and Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) touching home.
The Flames then grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third inning as Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) blasted his fifth home run of the season over the left centerfield fence.
After Cleveland State tied the game up at 2-2 in the fifth inning, UIC claimed the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Rosner led off the rally with a double down the left field line and Bowen followed with a walk. Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) then doubled to left centerfield to score the pair and put the Flames in front, 4-2.
Gilliam racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts while surrendering eight hits and one earned run en route to win number two of the season. Gene Rausch (Kasson, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville), who tossed the final two innings for UIC, earned his second save of the year. Long, who fanned 13 Flames' batters, was handed the loss.
UIC continues its homestand on Tuesday with a 6:05 p.m. showdown against the Bradley Braves.