Baseball Rolls Past University Of Chicago For 14-1 Victory.|
April 10, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - If Tuesday's heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Bradley was still left in the mouths of the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team, the Flames wiped it clean on Wednesday night.
UIC pounded out 19 hits to earn the 14-1 non-conference victory over the University of Chicago at Les Miller Field to improve their record to 20-6 on the season. The Maroons dropped to 7-7 on the 2002 campaign.
Junior Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South), the leading hitter in the nation, led the charge for the Flames as he went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including his fifth home run of the season in the seventh inning.
The home run tied Granderson for fourth all-time in UIC history, while he tied a Les Miller Field in runs scored with four.
Sophomore Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) followed Granderson's lead with a solo shot of his own to extend UIC's lead to 14-1. The homer was Homco's second of the season.
Homco finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Rosner, who collected his 200th career hit in the first inning, went 3-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run homer, his first of the season in the second inning. Peters went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Six different pitchers for UIC saw action on Wednesday, as starting pitcher Kevin Ryan (Elmhurst, Ill./York) earned his first win of the season Ryan (1-0) pitched three innings of one-hit ball, while striking out two batters for the victory.
The bullpen turned in an impressive performance as Andy Sigerich (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), Eric Carlson (Northlake, Ill./Leyden), Brendan Aubin (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) held the Maroons to a run and five hits over the final six innings.
The one earned run, lowered UIC's national best ERA from 2.56 to 2.50 on the season.
UIC will be back in action on Friday, as they will host Horizon League rival Butler, for a four-game series. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:05 PM.