Baseball Claims 12-8 Victory Over Western Michigan
April 12, 2005
Kalamazoo, Mich. - The UIC baseball team proved to be unfriendly guests on Tuesday afternoon, snapping host Western Michigan's nine-game winning streak with a 12-8 triumph at Hyames Field.
The Flames (15-12-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the Broncos (14-12) and owned a 12-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth before Western Michigan plated five runs for the final four-run margin.
Junior Ryan Martin made his first start in more than a year for UIC and earned the win. The Missoula, Montana, native, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury, allowed just one hit and struck out a pair in his designated 2 1/3 innings on the mound. Martin's last start came on Feb. 27, 2004 versus Michigan.
Hallberg, who was 3-for-5 at the plate, highlighted UIC's five-run fifth inning with a bases loaded knock that scored all three runners. Gremley, meanwhile, was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
UIC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by Ted Rosinski.
The Flames would then capitalize on a Western Michigan error in the second inning, scoring three unearned runs for a 5-0 lead.
UIC's lead grew to 10-0 in the fifth behind Hallberg's three RBI, as well as run-scoring hits from Gremley and Larry Gempp Jr.
The Flames added single tallies in the seventh and ninth for the last of their 12 runs.
UIC and Western Michigan both pounded out 12 hits on Tuesday, but the Broncos committed five errors, which resulted in five unearned runs.
Dan Coberly was the losing pitcher for Western Michigan and is now 1-2 this season. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings allowing three runs.
The Flames will be back in action on Friday when they open a four-game Horizon League series versus UW-Milwaukee at Les Miller Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.