Baseball Squeaks Past IPFW, 4-3, In Nightcap
April 24, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago senior shortstop Jeff Gremley broke a 2-all tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run, his third of the season, to help the Flames to the 4-3 non-conference victory over IPFW in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.
UIC sophomore reliever Zach Peterson (6-1) earned the victory for the Flames, tossing 4.1 innings out of the pen, while allowing three hits and striking out one. IPFW starter Eric Lambert (5-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs, seven hits in 4.2 innings of work.
With the victory, UIC improves to 20-15-1 overall, while the Mastodons fall to 19-15 on the campaign.
IPFW got on the board in the second inning, as designated hitter Sean Kirk (2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI) reached base on a single and moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Brent Doty and over to third on a groundout by Caleb Smith. The Mastodons went ahead 1-0, as UIC starter Ryan Martin uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Kirk to score from third base.
The Flames answered with two runs in the bottom half of the second, behind a RBI single from junior designated hitter Ben Trotter and a sacrifice fly from senior second baseman Mike Bruszer, giving UIC the 2-1 advantage.
IPFW evened the score in the third inning as outfielder Dustin Fremion connected for a two-out single and moved over to second base on a Bryan Nolte passed ball. Mastodons' shortstop Ryan Steinbach plated Fremion with a RBI single, evening the score at 2-apiece.
Following Gremley's homer in the fourth inning, the Flames tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth. Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg opened with a leadoff double, stole third and scored on a RBI single from junior leftfielder Bart Babineaux, pushing UIC ahead, 4-2.
Kirk, however, would not let the Mastodons go away quietly, as he connected for an opposite field, solo homer, in the top of the sixth to bring IPFW to within, 4-3.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, for an unconventional doubleheader. The Flames will square off with UW-Stevens Point at 4:05 p.m. and followed by Bradley at 7:30 p.m. in the nightcap.