Illinois State Comes From Behind For 4-3 Victory Over Baseball
April 23, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Defensive miscues proved costly for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team as they recorded three errors in the top of the eighth inning as Illinois State came from behind for the 4-3 non-conference victory over the Flames at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
With UIC holding a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, Redbirds' centerfielder Nate Whitney notched a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Flames' starter Ryan Zink.
Illinois State second baseman Chris Shepherd attempted a sacrifice bunt, UIC catcher Nelson Gord attempted to throw out Whitney at third, but his throw sailed into left field, allowing him to score and tie the game up at 3-apiece.
ISU catcher Jay Molina laid down another sacrifice bunt, pushing Shepherd to third base. Left fielder Jeremy Pickrel plated Shepherd with a sacrifice fly, giving the Redbirds the 4-3 lead, which they would not relinquish.
With the victory, Illinois State improves to 12-21 on the season, while the Flames drop to 23-12 overall.
Illinois State starter Kyle Bloom (3-5) earned the victory for the Redbirds, allowing five hits and three runs in seven innings of work, while striking out eight batters. Redbirds' closer Kyle Zalewski earned his fourth save of the season, tossing two innings of scoreless relief.
Zink (5-3) took the loss for UIC, giving up four runs and seven hits, while striking out six in eight innings.
Illinois State got on the board first in the top of the second inning, as third baseman Lucas Baughman plated Pickrel with a RBI groundout, giving the Redbirds the 1-0 advantage.
UIC squared the game up in the bottom of the third with some two-out action, as senior right fielder Mike Hughes roped a single, stole second and scored on a RBI single from senior first baseman Jordan DeVoir (2-for-3), evening the score at one.
Illinois State answered with some two-out action of their own in the top of the fifth inning, as Whitney singled and scored on a RBI triple by Shepherd, giving the Redbirds the 2-1 advantage.
UIC answered in the bottom of the seventh inning as Gord connected for his first homer of the season, a 2-run shot, pushing the Flames ahead 3-2.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, with the first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m.