Baseball Squeaks Past Kansas, 5-3
May 1, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Junior lefthander Scott Anderson (Beulah, ND/Beulah) had earned six starts for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team this season, and each time the North Dakota native had come away without a decision.
The seventh time proved lucky as Anderson tossed eight-innings of six-hit ball to help propel UIC to the 5-3 victory over Kansas at Les Miller Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) struck out the only batter he faced with the tying run on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
With the victory, UIC improves to 28-10 on the season while the Jayhawks fall to 18-24 on the 2002 campaign.
Sophomore Chris Kerpan (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) led the Flames offensively as he went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while designated hitter Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Kerpan put UIC on the board first as he roped a two-run double inside the left field line that scored both Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) and Peters in the bottom of the second inning.
The Flames added another run in the bottom of the third as Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) scored from second base as Kansas' shortstop Brandon Shepard misplayed an Andy Deahl groundball into a two-base error.
Kansas mounted a rally in the top of the sixth inning as Shepard (single) and center fielder Lance Hayes (double) opened up the frame with back-to-back hits to put runners at second and third for right fielder Matt Tribble.
Tribble launched a shot to center field that scored Shepard and Hayes, but the Wheaton, Ill., native was thrown out at second base by Granderson to end the Jayhawks' threat and left UIC with a 3-2 lead.
UIC added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half of that frame as Peters (double) and Kerpan (single) each notched RBI hits and helped extend the Flames' lead to 5-2.
UIC will be back in action on Friday afternoon, as they will open a three-game set, against Horizon League rival, Cleveland State at 2:00 PM (CST).