Baseball Rallies For 6-3 Victory Over Wright State|
April 8, 2005
Fairborn, Ohio - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad's eight game winning streak was in jeopardy on Friday night, as Wright State took a 3-2 advantage over the Flames, heading into the ninth inning.
UIC, however, would not go down without a fight, as the Flames rallied for four runs, three unearned, in the final frame, to pick up their ninth consecutive win and the 6-3 victory over the Raiders in the Horizon League opener at Nischwitz Stadium.
With the victory, UIC improves to 14-9-1 overall and 1-0 in Horizon League play, while the host Raiders fall to 11-14 on the campaign and 0-1 in conference action.
UIC sophomore pitcher Ryan Zink (3-3) picked up the victory for the Flames, scattering eight hits and three runs in eight innings of work, while fanning three batters. Junior reliever Jason Foster earned his third save of the season, holding the Raiders scoreless in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Wright State closer Joe Smith (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs, one earned, and two hits in one inning.
Junior outfielder Bart Babineaux led the way for the Flames offensively, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, while teammate Bryan Russo (RBI, run) extended his team-best, hitting streak to 10 games.
Babineaux began the comeback for UIC with a one-out single in the ninth, bringing senior outfielder Shane Crowder to the plate. Crowder sent a ground ball to Wright State third baseman Brian Shoup, who mishandled the ball for an error, and compounded his mistake with a throwing error, allowing Babineaux to score from first and tie the game up at three. Crowder moved to third base on the play.
Gremley laid down a squeeze-bunt that Smith fielded and attempted to throw Crowder out at home. The throw went array, allowing Crowder to score and put the Flames ahead, 4-3. Nolte moved to third on the play, while Gremley advanced to second base.
Senior second baseman Mike Bruszer added an insurance run for the Flames, laying down a bunt single that plated Nolte and moved Gremley over to third. UIC sophomore designated hitter Larry Gempp Jr. capped off the scoring for the Flames in the frame with a sacrifice fly to score Gremley for the final score of 6-3.
Wright State outfielder Amin Abusaleh paced the Raiders' offensive attack with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning that broke a 1-all tie. The Raiders also received a pair of hits from center fielder Justin Wilson and second baseman Dan Biedenharn.
UIC and Wright State will be back in action on Saturday morning, with a twin-bill scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (CST).