Illinois State Rolls Past Baseball, 10-5
April 25, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Illinois State freshmen Matthew Bolt and Luke Baughman took University of Illinois at Chicago pitchers deep twice on Sunday afternoon, as the duo combined for nine RBI to lead ISU to the 10-5 non-conference victory over the Flames at Les Miller Field.
Bolt went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning, while Baughman was 2-for-5 with five RBI and a three-run homer in the third.
With the victory, Illinois State improves to 13-22, while the Flames drop to 24-13 on the campaign.
Illinois State starter Kyle Zalewski (3-0) earned the victory for the Redbirds' scattering eight hits over seven innings, while striking out five batters. UIC's Ryan Gehring (6-4) took the loss for the Flames, giving up six runs and six hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Illinois State touched Gehring for three runs in the top of the first inning, as Bolt drove a run in with a RBI groundout, while Baughman roped a two-run single.
The Redbirds' used some two-out action in the top of the third inning as Baughman drove in both catcher Jay Molina (single) and Bolt (walk) with a three-run shot over the left field fence, extending ISU's lead to 6-1.
The Flames picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth inning as senior centerfielder J.P. Moran drove in right fielder Mike Hughes (4-for-5) with a sacrifice fly, narrowing the Redbirds' advantage to 6-2.
Defensive miscues in the seventh inning proved costly for the Flames, as UIC committed three errors that led to four unearned runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from Bolt off of reliever Charlie Hahn, extending ISU's lead to 10-2.
UIC tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Hughes notched a RBI single up the middle to score shortstop Mike Bruszer (double).
The Flames mounted a late rally in the bottom of the ninth inning as Rosinski and senior catcher Nelson Gord each connected for solo homers to leadoff the frame, cutting ISU's lead to 10-5, but UIC could come no closer.
UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will host Cleveland State for a Horizon League tilt at 7:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.