UIC Baseball Reclaims Its First-Place Standing In the MCC
April 30, 2000
Milwaukee, Wis. - The UIC baseball team reclaimed the top spot in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference standings Sunday afternoon following a 7-4 victory over UW-Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field.
The Flames entered the weekend in first in the MCC, but fell to second after dropping two of the first three games against the Panthers on Friday and Saturday. UIC is now 22-22 overall and 9-5 in conference play while UW-Milwaukee went to 19-19 overall and 6-4 in the MCC following Sunday's loss.
The Panthers held a 2-0 lead through five innings before UIC got its bats going. After fanning eight times and being held to just two hits in the first five frames, with both hits singles by John Rosner, the Flames rallied for four runs on three hits in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead.
Eric Duke started the sixth out for UIC with a single to right center and then another single by Bob Rosinski put runners on first and third. A walk to Weber Bowen loaded the bases and yet another free pass to Rosner scored the Flames' first run of the game. J.P. Moran came through with a shot up the middle to score one more and then a wild pitch allowed Bowen to score for a 3-2 UIC lead. Rosner touched for the Flames' final run of the inning as he scored on a groundout to shortstop by Kevin Nelson.
UIC added a trio of insurance runs in the top of the eighth as Moran tagged UW-Milwaukee reliever Corey Clemmons for his second home run of the year and then Nelson followed up with his fourth round tripper of the season for a 6-2 Flames' margin. Joe Schicker then accounted for UIC's final score of the game as he roped a double to right center, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Curtis Granderson and touched home on a sacrifice fly by Duke to put the Flames up 7-2.
UW-Milwaukee mounted a rally of its own in the bottom half of the eighth as it plated a pair of runs on back-to-back hits by the Eric Goerdt and Brett Huebner. UIC's Steve Carlson, working in relief of starter Kevin Ryan, stopped Panthers' momentum, however, by retiring the next three batters on a pair of fly outs to right and a groundout to shortstop.
After Ryan worked only two innings and gave up four walks and hit a pair of batters, Carlson came on to toss seven complete innings and earn his fourth victory of the season. The lefty thwarted the Panthers as he surrendered just four hits while striking out four.
UIC returns to action on Wednesday, May 3, for a pair of seven-inning outings against Monmouth College starting at 5:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.