Baseball Strikes Out In Peoria
April 9, 2002
Peoria, Ill. - Hitting was bountiful for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team on Tuesday afternoon, as they pounded out 15 hits against Bradley in Peoria.
In theory that equates to a win, but unfortunately for the Flames (19-7), a handful of errors in the last two innings spelled doom, as Bradley (10-17) came away with a 5-4 victory.
Bradley's Jason Morelock got the home team going in the bottom half of the second with a two-run home run.
That followed a run in the Flames' half of the second, as Mike Bruszer tallied a run-scoring double down the right field line.
In the Flames' half of the third, Kevin Nelson punched a double down the left field line scoring a pair to give the flames a 3-2 lead after three.
Bradley starter Derek Goins kept the Braves in it, but the Flames were able to push across a fourth run in the seventh on a Nelson sac fly following a Curtis Granderson two-bagger.
The Braves rallied in the home half of the seventh with two outs. Following a pinch-hit bunt single by Rene Aqueron and a Todd Spicer single to right, Steve Strickler hit a hot shot to third, but Nelson Gord's throw was errant allowing both runs to score, tying it a 4-4.
The Braves scored the winning run as Gord made a pair of errors in the bottom of the eighth allowing Ryan Sullivan to cross the plate.
The Flames tried to start a rally of their own in the ninth after consecutive singles by Granderson and Andy Deahl, but Deahl was thrown out trying to steal second and Ron Hensel struck out Mike Lorenzo to end the game.
Larry Banks (6-2) took the loss for the Flames after allowing the unearned run in the eighth.
The Flames battle again on Wednesday at home as the Maroons of the University of Chicago visit Les Miller Field. First-pitch is slated for 6:05 PM.