IPFW Rallies For 12-7 Victory Over Baseball In Extra Innings
April 24, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - IPFW designated hitter Sean Kirk broke a 3-all tie in the top of the eighth inning with a two-run double, as the visiting Mastodons exploded for nine runs in the frame to pick up the 12-7 come-from-behind, non-conference, extra-inning victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad in Game One of their doubleheader at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.
UIC sophomore starter Ryan Zink (3-5) opened the eighth inning, by issuing walks to both IPFW outfielders Ryan Keena (2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI) and Dustin Fremion (1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs), setting the stage for Kirk's heroics.
Kirk (2-for-5, 3 RBI, run) moved over to third base on a flyout by catcher Brent Doty and scored on a Caleb Smith RBI single, extending IPFW's lead to 6-3. The Mastodons tacked on six more runs in the frame to secure the come-from-behind victory.
With the victory, IPFW improves to 19-14 overall, while the Flames fall to 19-15-1 on the campaign.
IPFW reliever Keegan Laycock (3-4) picked up the victory for the Mastodons, allowing four runs and five hits in 6.1 innings of work. Zink was tagged with the loss, allowing nine runs, six earned, while scattering 11 hits and striking out six batters.
UIC freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg led the Flames' offensively, going 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI, while teammate Larry Gempp Jr. was 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored. Flames' senior third baseman Bryan Russo chipped in two RBI in the defeat.
UIC took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning, before the Mastodons tallied twice in the frame behind a RBI singles from shortstop Ryan Steinbach (3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI) and Kirk, cutting the Flames' advantage to 3-2.
The Mastodons completed the rally in the seventh as Smith reached base on an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Tyler Fowler. IPFW second baseman Brent Alwine (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run) evened the score at 3-apiece with a RBI single up the middle.
UIC got on the board in the first inning, as senior second baseman Bruszer drew a lead-off walk and moved over to third on a single up the middle by Hallberg. Gempp plated Bruszer with a RBI single, giving the Flames the 1-0 advantage.
Hallberg moved over to third on the play and scored on a RBI groundout by junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski, extending UIC's lead to 2-0.
The Flames tacked on another run in the second inning, as senior right fielder Shane Crowder (2 runs) drew a lead-off walk and moved over to third base on a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Bryan Nolte.
Senior shortstop Jeff Gremley plated Crowder with a RBI double, his team-best, 13th of the season, pushing the Flames' ahead 3-0.