Baseball Breaks Away For 12-2 Win Over UW-Milwaukee In Game One|
April 16, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
After being held to just one hit over the first four innings, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad broke open a 1-all tie with 11 runs and 12 hits over the final two frames to pick up the 12-2 Horizon League victory over UW-Milwaukee in Game One of Saturday's doubleheader at Les Miller Field.
UIC senior shortstop Jeff Gremley led the charge offensively, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg (2-for-3, 2 runs) and senior third baseman Bryan Russo (1-for-3, run) each collected two RBI on the afternoon.
Russo's RBI single in the fifth inning, helped extend his hitting streak to 16 games on the season.
Sophomore center fielder Larry Gempp (RBI) and junior left fielder Bart Babineaux (run) both joined in the fun with two hits apiece. Every starter for UIC collected at least one hit on the afternoon.
With the victory, UIC improves to 16-13-1 on the season and 2-4 in Horizon League play, while the Panthers drop to 13-14 overall and 4-2 in conference action.
UIC starting pitcher Zach Peterson (4-1) was dominant on the mound, as the Minnetonka, Minn., native retired the first 11 batters that he faced. On the afternoon, Peterson allowed two runs, three hits and struck out five for his first career complete-game victory.
UWM starter Rick Cavaiani (1-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering seven runs and seven hits in five innings of work.
Panthers' designated hitter Zak Rivera (2-for-3) snapped Peterson's perfect game in the fourth inning with a solo home run over the right field wall. UWM junior right fielder Joe Nowicki added a RBI single in the sixth inning.