Bradley Squeaks Past Baseball, 5-3, In Extra Innings

Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 2-for-4 with a RBI against Bradley on Wednesday night.
Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 2-for-4 with a RBI against Bradley on Wednesday night.

April 27, 2005

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - Bradley took advantage of three crucial miscues by the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad and tallied two unearned runs in the top of the tenth inning, as the visiting Braves earned the 5-3 non-conference, extra-inning victory over the Flames at Les Miller Field on Wednesday evening.

With the score tied at three, Braves' shortstop Adam Uscicki (2-for-4, RBI, run) led off the tenth inning with a single and moved over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Ryan Eigsti, bringing centerfielder Johnny Sage to the plate.

Sage sent a grounder to Flames' shortstop Mike Bruszer, who skipped his throw to first baseman Bryan Nolte, allowing Uscicki to score, pushing Bradley ahead, 4-3. UIC reliever Jason Foster's pickoff attempt of Sage, bounced past Nolte, moving him to third base.

The Braves added an insurance run, as Foster uncorked a wild pitch to plate Sage from third base, giving Bradley the 5-3 advantage.

With the victory, Bradley improves to 24-11 overall, while the Flames fall to 21-16-1 on the campaign.

Bradley reliever Michael Christl (4-1) earned the victory for the Braves, tossing two innings of scoreless ball, while fanning two batters. Foster (5-6) was tagged with the loss, surrendering two unearned runs and three hits in two innings, with two strikeouts.

Bradley jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind solo homers from second baseman Ryan Curry, third baseman Paul Rice (2-for-5) and a RBI double from Uscicki.

UIC tallied their first run in the fifth inning, as junior Bart Babineaux roped a one-out double and scored on a RBI single from Nolte, narrowing the Braves' lead to 3-1.

Nolte moved over to third base on a single from senior right fielder Shane Crowder (2-for-4) and scored on a RBI groundout from senior shortstop Jeff Gremley, bringing UIC to within one at 3-2.



The Flames evened the score at 3-apiece in the eighth inning, as Bradley starter Brian Spielmann issued a one-out walk to Gremley. Gremley stole second and scored on a two-out single by freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg (2-for-4, RBI).

UIC will be back in action on Friday afternoon, as they will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to begin a four-game series with Horizon League rival, Butler, at 3:00 p.m. (CST).