Baseball Sweeps Wright State, 5-4 and 4-2|
April 20, 2002
Chicago, Illinois - Freshman Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage) connected for a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap off a three run rally to propel UIC to the 5-4 victory over Wright State in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader at Les Miller Field.
Junior center fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) provided all of the fireworks the Flames needed in game two with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to push UIC to the 4-2 victory and the doubleheader sweep.
With the sweep, UIC improves to 27-7 on the season and 8-2 in Horizon League play, while the Raiders fall to 10-22 overall and 3-8 in the league.
In game one, Wright State took a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning as junior designated hitter Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) roped a RBI single with one out to cut the lead to 4-3.
Junior catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) followed with a shot that Wright State right fielder Bill Johnson parlayed into a two-base error that scored Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) from third base.
Wright State intentionally walked pinch hitter Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to load the bases for Russo's game-winning hit.
UIC reliever Charlie Hahn picked up his first-career win to improve to 1-1 on the season as he allowed one hit in an inning of work. Wright State reliever J.P. Jung was saddled with the loss and drops to 1-6 on the campaign.
Granderson, Nelson and sophomore second baseman Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) each recorded two hits in the opener.
In game two, Wright State starter Nathan Kopp dominated UIC in five of the six innings that he pitched as he allowed only five hits on the day.
Kopp, however, allowed all five hits in the third inning, including Granderson's three-run shot that proved to be the killer.
The Flames opened the third inning with consecutive singles from Russo, Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) and Homco. The relay throw on Homco's base knock, however, skipped past first baseman Lance Links and allowed Russo to score.
Granderson stepped to the plate and launched his eighth homer into a howling wind and over the right field wall for his eighth homer of the season. The blast moves Granderson into second-place in UIC with 24 career round-trippers.
Kopp falls to 0-1 on the season, while UIC freshman Ryan Gehring (Burlington, Wis./Central Catholic) went the distance for his second complete-game victory of the season.
Gehring struck out three batters and allowed only five hits and two unearned runs to keep his record spotless at 6-0 on the campaign.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow at Les Miller Field with the first pitch slated for 12:05 PM.