Baseball Conquers Vikings, 5-1
May 2, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team capitalized on three Cleveland State errors as the Flames tallied three unearned runs en route to the 5-1 Horizon League victory at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
With the victory, UIC improves to 28-13 on the campaign and 10-3 in Horizon League play, extending its winning streak to 10 games and its home-winning streak to 24 games. Cleveland State falls to 7-28 overall and 1-11 in league action.
Junior outfielder J.P. Moran led the offensive attack for the Flames as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Freshman right-hander John Flood (5-1) picked up the victory for the Flames as the Mount Vernon, Ill., native tossed a complete-game six-hitter, while striking out four batters. Cleveland State starter Matt Kaltenbach (4-5) took the loss for the Vikings as he allowed five runs and eight hits in 7.1 innings of work along with five strikeouts.
UIC got on the board in the bottom of the first inning as Moran drove in Chuck Peters from second with a RBI single to put the Flames ahead, 1-0.
UIC tacked on another pair of runs in the bottom of the scond as junior outfielder J.P. Carey roped a hard ground ball that Cleveland State first baseman Brian Beaumier was unable to handle, allowing both Jordan DeVoir and Bryan Russo to score, pushing the Flames to the 3-0 lead.
The Flames extended their advantage to 4-0 in the bottom of the third as junior first baseman Brad Ryan opened the frame with a double down the left field line. Ryan moved to third on a single by Moran and scored on a foul out by senior catcher Kevin Nelson.
The error bug caught UIC in the top of the seventh inning as the Vikings picked up their first run of the day, scoring on a two-base fielding error by Russo to narrow the Flames' advantage to 4-1.
UIC scored its final run of the evening as Ryan plated junior third baseman Nelson Gord with a RBI single to left field.
Both teams will be back in action at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon for a Horizon League doubleheader .