Baseball Sweeps Wright State, 4-1 and 4-3|
April 19, 2003
Fairborn, Ohio - University of Illinois at Chicago freshman pitcher Ryan Martin allowed three hits and struck out 10 batters in 6.2 innings of work to pick up the 4-1 Horizon League victory over Wright State in the opening game of their doubleheader at Nischwitz Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the sweep, UIC improves to 20-13 overall and first place in the Horizon League with a record of 8-3, while Wright State falls to 12-24 on the campaign and 4-7 in league play.
Both second baseman Bryan Russo and center fielder J.P. Moran went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Flames offensively in the opener. The Flames also received RBI from right fielder Mike Hughes, Brad Ryan and Chuck Peters.
Wright State southpaw Aaron Braden (3-5) took the loss for the Raiders, allowing 11 hits and four runs in a complete-game effort.
With the victory, Martin improves to 3-0 on the season, while sophomore David Haehnel retired the only batter that he faced to earn his Horizon League leading fifth save of the season.
Haehnel also figured into the decision in the nightcap as he scattered seven hits and allowed one run in three innings of relief to improve his record to 4-1 on the campaign. Wright State starter Chris Snyder (2-5) took the loss for the Raiders, giving up seven hits and four runs in the complete-game effort.
UIC got on the board in the first inning, as Peters roped a two-run homer - his team-leading fifth of the season - to put the Flames ahead, 2-0.
Wright State tied the game up at two, but were done in by a costly error by Raiders shortstop Justin Wilson that brought in Kevin Nelson from second base to give the Flames the lead for good at 3-2.
Ryan added an insurance run in the top of the sixth with a solo homer, his third of the season, to give UIC the 4-2 advantage.
Wright State rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Raiders loaded the bases with no outs as Bryan Vickers connected for a RBI single to narrow UIC's lead to 4-3.
Haehnel, however, struck out Kofi Gyimah and induced Wilson into a 1-2-3 ground ball double-play to end the game and secure the victory for the Flames.
The series will conclude on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. (CST).