Baseball Sweeps IPFW, 20-2 and 6-5
April 26, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - IPFW pitcher Adam Ferris was faced with a critical decision.
With the score tied at 5-apiece, and runners at second and third with one out for the Flames in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ferris intentionally walked UIC leadoff hitter Mike Hughes to load the bases for left-fielder J.P. Carey.
Carey did exactly as the Mastodons wanted as he grounded a slow roller to second base to set up the inning-ending double-play.
However, the speedy Carey was able to beat out IPFW shortstop Tyler Fowler's relay, allowing Nelson Gord to score from third base to give host UIC the 6-5 non-conference victory over the Mastodons in the nightcap of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
In the opener, senior catcher Kevin Nelson led a potent UIC offensive attack as the Arlington Heights, Ill., native went 3-for-4, including a three-run homer, with five RBI as the Flames thrashed IPFW, 20-2.
With the sweep, UIC improves to 25-13 overall and extends its home-winning streak to 22 games at Les Miller Field. IPFW drops to 16-28-1 on the campaign.
In the opener, UIC also received solid offensive performances from juniors J.P. Moran (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 runs) and Bryan Russo (3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI). Twelve different Flames recorded RBI during the contest.
Freshman right-hander Ryan Martin remained flawless on the season as the Missoula, Mont., native struck out five batters and allowed only four hits and one run in six innings of work to improve his record to 4-0. IPFW starter Kellen Marshall was tagged with the loss as he gave up 11 runs and 13 hits in 4.1 innings.
In the nightcap, UIC committed five errors, which led to three unearned runs as IPFW took a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Flames began their comeback as junior first baseman Brad Ryan connected for a two-out, two-run homer to bring UIC to within 5-4, setting the stage for the dramatic sixth-inning comeback.
Sophomore second baseman Bryan Russo opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a one-out single by Gord to put runners at first and second for outfielder J.P. Moran. Moran then plated Russo from second base with a RBI single to even the game up at 5-apiece.
Hughes then drew the intentional pass from Ferris, which brought out the speedy heroics from Carey.
Sophomore left-hander David Haehnel allowed two hits in two innings of relief to pick up his fourth victory of the season.
The series finale between UIC and IPFW will be at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.