Baseball Drowns Lakeland, 5-1
April 23, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Junior right fielder Mike Hughes went 3-for-4 with three RBI to help lead host University of Illinois at Chicago to the 5-1 non-conference victory over Lakeland College at Les Miller Field on Wednesday evening.
With the victory, UIC improves to 22-13 on the season, while Lakeland drops to 15-12 overall. The win extends the Flames' home winning streak to 19 games, dating back to April 30, 2002.
Senior designated hitter Chuck Peters also got into the act for UIC as he launched an opposite field solo homer, his team-leading seventh of the season, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Junior Marcus Goodman (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season as the Kennewick, Wash., native tossed four innings of relief, allowing four hits and one run. Lakeland hurler Steve Plucinski (2-3) took the loss for the Muskies, scattering 10 hits and giving up five runs.
Lakeland got on the board in the top of the third inning as Mike Bachar and Mike Stoeckigt both reached base with a pair of one-out singles. Muskies' designated hitter Mitch Heinemeyer then plated Bachar from second with a RBI single to left field to push Lakeland ahead, 1-0.
UIC took command of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as third baseman Nelson Gord and J.P. Carey each connected for one-out singles and later scored on a two-run single by Hughes to give the Flames the 2-1 advantage.
The Flames then used a little two-out magic in the bottom of the sixth inning as senior catcher Kevin Nelson connected for a double and later scored on shortstop Jordan DeVoir's team-leading third triple of the season to extend UIC's lead to 3-1.
UIC closed out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh as Hughes added a RBI single and Peters' solo shot gave the Flames the 5-1 victory.
UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will host IPFW at 7:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field for a non-conference battle.