Trotter's Blast Puts Baseball Ahead To Stay In 10-6 Victory Over Cleveland State|
April 28, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- Ben Trotter hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, and the UIC baseball team never looked back to take a 10-6 win over Cleveland State in the first game of a Horizon League twinbill on Saturday afternoon.
Adam Worthington tossed four and a third innings in relief to pick up the win.
Vasili Pahoulis led off the game with a homer to right to give Cleveland State (10-29, 7-9 Horizon League) a 1-0 lead, but the Flames (22-15, 13-4 Horizon League) responded in the third with five runs. Micky Pingree walked with the bases loaded to knot the game, and Larry Gempp Jr. doubled to right to bring in two more.
Cleveland State miscues allowed two more UIC runs to score in the third, when a wild pitch gave Pingree enough time to reach the plate, and an error on a grounder hit by David Cales sent Gempp home with the fifth run of the frame.
The Vikings responded with four runs off of starter Steve Crnkovich in the next half-inning to even the contest, eventually taking the lead on Bobby Cash's two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth.
But the Flames roared back with three runs in their half of the sixth. After Brett Schaefer led off with a hard-hit single, Jake Carr crushed a ball off of the wall in right center for an RBI triple to tie the game. Trotter then put the Flames ahead by two in the next at-bat with a bomb over the right field wall for his fourth long ball of the season.
UIC added some insurance in the seventh on Gempp's solo shot to right and an RBI single off the bat of Cales.