Baseball Completes Sweep Of Cleveland State With 11-1 Win
April 28, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- Starter Ryan Zink turned in a six-plus stellar innings, and the UIC baseball team scored eight times in the seventh and eighth innings to leave no doubt as the Flames earned a 11-1 decision in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland State at Les Miller Field.
UIC improved to 23-15 overall and 14-4 in Horizon League games with the three-game series sweep. The Vikings fell to 10-30 overall and 7-10 in league play.
Zink allowed just one run and fanned six Vikings in six and a third innings, retiring 12 in row to end his outing and pick up the win.
Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, UIC did some two-out damage to take the lead. Rubio's RBI single to right tied the game, and Schroeder's two-run double down the left field line gave the Flames their first advantage of the nightcap.
The UIC defense helped Zink escape some early jams. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the Cleveland State second, Nick Rainwater fielded a Matt Madrid grounder to third and threw home for the force, giving Ben Trotter enough time to throw out Madrid at first for the double play. Vasili Pahoulis would hit a soft grounder to Jake Carr at first for the unassisted out to end the threat.
Rainwater made another heads-up defensive play in the third when he caught a Rich Ranells pop-up and fired a laser to first to erase Bobby Cash for an inning-ending double play.
The UIC third baseman continued to flash the leather with a diving stop to get Carlos Laboy at first and end the fourth.
In the seventh the Flames tacked on four more runs to pull away. Rubio and Schroeder scored on Rainwater's knock to left, while Cales doubled to right center to bring home two.
Four more runs went onto the UIC side of the scoreboard as a wild pitch with the bases loaded brought one home, and Gempp hit his second home run of the day with a three-run blast that banged against Thomas Beckham Hall hovering over the right field wall.
UIC heads to South Bend to face Notre Dame this Tuesday.