UIC Baseball Hurt By The Long Ball As Eastern Illinois Blasts Four Bombs In An 11-5 Win
April 24, 2001
Charleston, Ill. - Eastern Illinois belted four homers, including a grand slam homer by Josh Landon, to earn an 11-5 come-from-behind victory over UIC at Monier Field on Tuesday.
UIC drops to 21-23 overall while Eastern Illinois improves to 25-14 on the season.
UIC took a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth as the redshirt freshman Kerpan connected for a solo homer - the first of his career.
Eastern Illinois, however, answered quickly in the following frame as catcher Brad Weitekamp launched a two-run shot to centerfield to put the Panthers up for good at 5-4. First baseman Ben Duke followed suit with an RBI single to extend the Panthers lead to 6-4.
The Panthers added a five-spot in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach for the Flames at 11-4.
Left fielder Marcus Jackson led things off for EIU with an RBI single with two men on base. Shortstop Chris Uhle drew a walk to set the stage for Landon's grand slam blast off of UIC reliever Eric Carlson.
The Flames grabbed a run back in the top of the eighth as centerfielder John Rosner (2-for-5, RBI) roped a RBI triple off the centerfield fence that plated second baseman Nelson Gord (1-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) for the final score of 11-5.
EIU got things going in the bottom of the first as centerfielder Bob VanHoorebeck (1-for-4, RBI) drove in Landon with an RBI single to right field to put the Panthers ahead 1-0.
UIC, however, answered immediately in the top of the second as Gord connected for an RBI single, followed by a two-run single by Bruszer to put the Flames ahead 3-1.
Eastern Illinois tied the game at 3-3 as designated hitter Brian Nickell and Uhle each hit solo homers for the Panthers.
EIU reliever Jason Pinnel earned the victory for the Panthers as he allowed one run and three hits in three innings of work. UIC reliever Eric Carlson did not fare as well as he was roughed up for eight runs and six hits in two innings of work as his record dropped to 1-2 for the season.
UIC will return to action on Friday against Midwestern Collegiate Conference foe UW-Milwaukee at 6:05 PM at Les Miller Field for the beginning of a four-game set.