Northern Illinois Stymies Baseball, 6-3

Junior Curtis Granderson connected for his seventh homer of the season on Wednesday night.
Junior Curtis Granderson connected for his seventh homer of the season on Wednesday night.

April 17, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago entered Wednesday's contest against Northern Illinois with a robust batting average of .349.

Northern Illinois' pitchers, however, put the handcuffs on UIC, allowing only five hits en route to the 6-3 come-from-behind victory at Les Miller Field on Wednesday night.

Huskies' catcher Dave Garcia went 3-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI to lead the Northern Illinois offensive attack, while teammate John Brock went 2-for-5 with a RBI.

With the victory Northern Illinois improves to 13-20, while the Flames fall to 24-7 on the 2002 campaign.

Charlie Hahn (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows) took the loss for the Flames as he pitched three innings in relief of starter Scott Anderson (Beulah, ND/Beulah) and allowed four hits while striking out three to drop to 0-1 on the season. Northern Illinois' Matt Schroeder earned the victory, despite walking seven batters, as he allowed three hits and struck out four batters.

UIC took a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning as Northern Illinois leadoff batter Mike Hochhauser roped a double off Hahn. Joel Vandenberg reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) to put runners on first and third for the Huskies.

Garcia knotted the game up with a RBI single down the left field line to score Hochhauser. Huskies' shortstop Bilal Omar laid down a sacrifice bunt that Hahn fielded and stepped on home plate, but without a force, which would load the bases for Northern Illinois. Brock then plated the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice to score Vandenberg.

Northern Illinois added three unearned runs in the top of the ninth-inning behind a bases-loaded double from left fielder Mike Santoro. The Huskies added the third run of the inning on a balk by reliever Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew).



UIC mounted a comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth inning as catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) launched a double to centerfield with one out. Nelson advanced to third base on a fielding error by Hochhauser and scored on a fielders' choice by pinch hitter Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg).

Northern Illinois put an end to the rally as reliever Max Sulzberger induced UIC shortstop Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) into a groundout to end the contest.

Northern Illinois got on the board first in the opening frame as Noel Danielson took a 3-2 offering from Anderson for a solo home run.

The Flames answered back with some fireworks of their own as junior right fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) took the first pitch he saw from Huskies' pitcher Matt Schroeder over the wall for his seventh homer of the season to tie the contest at 1-apiece.

UIC extended the lead to 2-1 in the second inning as Bruszer drew a bases loaded walk from Schroeder.

UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will host Horizon League rival Wright State at Les Miller Field at 6:05 PM.