Baseball Splits Twinbill With Wright State on Saturday
April 14, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- The UIC baseball team concluded an intense three-game series against Horizon League rival Wright State with a doubleheader split at Les Miller Field on Saturday.
Keeping with UIC's one-run win in the series opener on Friday, the Flames (16-13, 8-3 Horizon League) and Raiders (16-13, 10-6 Horizon League) traded single-run decisions as UIC took the opener by a 2-1 score before a ninth-inning rally came up a run short for the Flames in a 5-4 Wright State win.
Game One: UIC 2, Wright State 1
Two runs in the bottom of the first inning proved to be all UIC needed as the Flames held on for a 2-1 win over Wright State in Saturday's twinbill opener.
The win extended UIC's winning streak to 10 games and clinched a series win over the Raiders.
Zach Peterson picked up his second win of the week with 5.2 innings of one-run work. Joe Skinner held the Raiders in nearly two innings of relief, while David Cales picked up his seventh save of the year by tossing the final 1.2 innings.
Micky Pingree and Ben Trotter drove in UIC's only runs on a groundout and a sacrifice fly, respectively, in the UIC first following singles from Chad Schroeder and Nick Rainwater to leadoff the frame.
Jeremy Hamilton's sac fly RBI in the sixth cut the UIC lead in half, but Skinner and Cales teamed to allow just two Raider hits the rest of the way.
Rainwater went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead UIC.
Game Two: Wright State 5, UIC 4
Despite having the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, UIC's late rally fell one run short as the Flames fell for the first time in 11 games, 5-4, to Wright State in Saturday's nightcap.
UIC was plagued by three errors, two of which led to unearned runs.
Skinner suffered the loss in his third consecutive relief appearance of the weekend after allowing three runs in just over two innings.
The Flames and Raiders traded runs early. UIC scored first on Larry Gempp Jr.'s sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the opening frame, while Wright State countered in the next half-inning to tie the game.
UIC regained the lead in its half of the third on another Gempp RBI, this time a single to left that plated Rainwater.
After Wright State tied the game in the fourth, the Raiders scored a single run in the seventh to take their first lead of the day. But UIC responded in its half of the inning when Cales came home safely on Rainwater's suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt.
In the top of the eighth the Raiders scored twice to take a 5-3 advantage. A leadoff single and an error put the first two hitters of the inning on, and the pair would eventually score on Brian Shoups' two-run single.
The Flames mounted a comeback in the ninth. The first four UIC batters of the frame reached safely, resulting in a run when Gempp drew a walk with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Still with the bases jammed and no outs, UIC was unable to score again as a double play and a groundout to third ended the rally.
Gempp finished the nightcap 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Starter Steve Crnkovich fanned four and allowed just on earned run in five innings of work.
UIC heads north to Milwaukee to face UWM on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.