Valparaiso Outslugs Baseball, 16-11|
April 25, 2002
Michigan City, Indiana - Big numbers aren't typically expected from a baseball team's seven through nine hitters.
The meekest hitters, however, can swing the mightiest of bats when a 20-mile an hour wind is blowing directly behind them.
Valparaiso's seven through nine hitters batted a combined 7-for-13, with five home runs and 10 RBI as the Crusaders came-from-behind with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the University of Illinois at Chicago, 16-11, at the Michiana Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.
With the victory, Valparaiso improves to 7-20 on the season, while the Flames falls to 27-9 on the campaign.
Sean Peickert went 2-for-2 with two homers and four RBI to lead the way for Valpo, while Marc Boggio, Mike Jaroscak, and Dan Schrum each went yard for the Crusaders.
Hits were not a problem for UIC as the Flames pounded out 23 base-knocks on the day. Driving in those runners proved to be the problem as UIC stranded 14 runners on base.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Gehring (Burlington, Wis./Central Catholic) drops to 6-1 on the season as he gave up nine runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
With the score tied at 11-apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning, Gehring issued back-to-back singles to third baseman Brad Tokarcz and Mark Pedersen. Pinch hitter Tom Magnetti advanced them over a base to put runners and 2nd and 3rd, and Gehring plunked right fielder Jeff Mandsager to load the bases.
Catcher Bill Stanton drove in Tokarcz in with a fielders' choice that forced Mandsager at second to give the Crusaders a 12-11 lead.
Jaroscak then roped a single to right field that scored Pederson. Granderson tried to gun down Stanton at third base and the toss skipped past Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage), allowing him to score and extend Valpo's lead to 14-11.
Schrum added to the Flames' misery as he took Gehring deep for a two-run shot and for the final score of 16-11.
Junior first baseman Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) paced UIC with a 5-for-6 outing at the plate with two runs scored, while junior right fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will host Kansas University at 7:05 PM at Les Miller Field.