Late-Inning Heroics Spell 7-4 Victory For Baseball Over Butler
April 14, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Junior designated hitter Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) roped a bases- loaded double in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and help UIC to the 7-4 Horizon League victory at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory UIC improves to 23-7 overall and 5-3 in the Horizon League, while Butler falls to 19-13 on the season and 3-5 in league play.
With one out in the eighth inning, junior rightfielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) got things started for the Flames with a bunt single. Butler pitcher Pat Neshek hit senior John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) with a pitch and gave up a single to junior Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to load the bases and set the stage for Lorenzo's heroics.
Junior transfer Eric Xidis (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) picked up the victory for the Flames, despite giving up two home runs, as he scattered 10 hits and struck out six batters in eight innings of work to improve his record to 4-3 on the season. Neshek took the loss for Butler.
The top of the order for UIC led the charge for the Flames as shortstop Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield), third baseman Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) and Granderson each recorded two hits. Rosner extended his hitting streak to 23-games with a fourth-inning single.
Butler third baseman Jeff Albert led off the top of the second inning with a solo home run over the left field wall to put the Bulldogs ahead, 1-0. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 2-0 later in the frame with an RBI single from centerfielder Matt Crews.
UIC cut that lead in half in the bottom of the third as Bruszer and Homco connected for back-to-back, two-out doubles.
Butler responded in the top of the sixth as catcher Tim Marks launched a solo blast to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 3-1.
The Flames answered in the bottom half of the frame as Rosner and Deahl each drove in runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday night, as they will host Judson College at 6:05 PM at Les Miller Field.