Wright State Edges Baseball, 5-4
April 10, 2005
Fairborn, Ohio - Wright State junior designated hitter Brendan Rubenstein's bases-loaded walk off of University of Illinois at Chicago reliever Jason Foster in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the host Raiders held on for the 5-4 Horizon League victory over the Flames at Nischwitz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Wright State third baseman Brian Shoup led the Raiders' offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI on the afternoon. Rubenstein (RBI, run) and second baseman Dan Biedenharn (run) each chipped in two hits in the victory.
With the victory, Wright State improves to 14-14 overall and 3-1 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 14-12-1 on the campaign and 1-3 in conference action.
Foster (4-5) was tagged with the loss, allowing one run and four hits, while striking out one batter in 3.1 innings of work.
Wright State starter Chris Coleman (2-0) captured the victory for the Raiders, scattering six hits and four runs in six innings, while fanning three. Raiders' closer Joe Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season.
The Flames trailed for much of the afternoon, as Wright State took a 4-2 lead into the sixth inning. Sophomore center fielder Larry Gempp Jr. led off the frame with a single down the left field line and was plated on a two-out, two-run homer by junior left fielder Bart Babineaux (2-for-3, 4 RBI, run) to even the score up at 4-apiece.
Wright State, however, quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning, as Biedenharn and right fielder Ross Vagedes each connected for singles to open the inning, and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Jack Leopard.
UIC Head Coach Mike Dee called for the intentional walk to left fielder Justin Wilson, to load the bases for Rubenstein. Rubenstein took a 3-1 offering from Foster for the bases-loaded walk and game-winning RBI, pushing the Raiders ahead 5-4.
UIC third baseman Bryan Russo went 2-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, as they will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to square off with Western Michigan at 3:00 p.m.