Eastern Illinois Cruises Past Baseball, 13-2|
April 23, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - It just was not meant to be for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team.
Eastern Illinois scored all thirteen of its runs after the fourth inning, including three home runs, as the Panthers cruised to the 13-2 victory over UIC at Les Miller Field on Tuesday night.
Junior shortstop Aaron Shelbourne led the Eastern Illinois' attack as he went 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning. Freshman designated hitter Mike Gavin went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, including a three-run opposite-field blast in the top of the sixth inning.
With the victory, Eastern Illinois improves to 15-18, while the Flames fall to 27-8 on the 2002 campaign.
Junior transfer Eric Xidis (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) took the loss for UIC as he dropped to 4-4 on the campaign. Xidis allowed six runs and seven hits, while striking out five batters in 6 2/3 innings of work
Eastern Illinois got on the board first in the top of the fifth inning as sophomore Marcus Jackson put the Panthers ahead with a two-run shot over the left field wall in the top of the fifth inning.
UIC answered in the bottom half of the frame as junior right fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) plated Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) with a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning. Sophomore Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg), however, was thrown out at third base to end the inning.
Eastern Illinois opened up the sixth inning with a walk by third baseman Ben Duke and a single by center fielder Kirk Walters to put runners at first and second for the Panthers.
Xidis fanned first baseman Brian Nickell to set the stage for Gavin's three-run blast to put the Flames away for good.
The Flames added their second run in the bottom of the sixth inning as junior catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) drove in designated hitter Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) with a sacrifice fly.
EIU also touched relievers Charlie Hahn (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows) and Eric Carlson (Northlake, Ill./Leyden) for a combined seven runs. Hahn gave up six runs, two earned, while Carlson gave up Shelbourne's shot in the ninth inning.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they will host North Central College at 7:05 PM at Les Miller Field.