Cleveland State Earns 3-2 Extra Inning Victory Over Baseball
May 2, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team rallied from a two-run deficit and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Unfortunately for the Flames, Cleveland State answered with a run in the top of the eighth, to earn the 3-2 extra-inning, Horizon League victory in Game One of their doubleheader at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Cleveland State improves to 11-22 overall and 8-6 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 26-14 on the season and 8-3 in conference action.
With the score tied at two in the top of the eighth inning, Cleveland State pinch hitter Eric Schmitz and right fielder Mark Sikora each connected for one-out singles, off of UIC reliever Charlie Hahn. Hahn retired Ben Smith on a fly ball, which brought first baseman Jim Waller to the plate.
Waller rolled a ground-ball past the outstretched arms of third baseman Bryan Russo that drove in Schmitz from second for the game-winning RBI.
Cleveland State reliever Brandon Hewitt (1-1) picked up the victory for the Vikings, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief with one strikeout. Hahn (2-3) took the loss for the Flames, allowing two hits and one run in 1.1 innings.
Cleveland State got on the board in the top of the first inning as centerfielder Cory Rojeck (walk) advanced to third on a two-base fielding error by Flames' centerfielder Shane Crowder off of a Doug Besozzi fly ball. Vikings catcher Dom Erney plated Rojeck with a sacrifice fly, giving CSU the 1-0 lead.
The Vikings added another run in the top of the second, as shortstop Ben Smith reached base on an infield single and advanced to second on a balk by Szalewski. Second baseman Brian Lombardi drove Smith in with a RBI single to centerfield, extending CSU's advantage to 2-0.
UIC threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. Ochwat, however, induced sophomore left fielder Ted Rosinski into an inning-ending groundout to erase the threat.
The Flames mounted another late rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases with no outs, setting the stage for leadoff hitter Nelson Gord. Gord plated Brad Ryan with a sacrifice fly, moving pinch hitter JP Moran over to third on the play, cutting CSU's lead in half, 2-1.
UIC knotted the game up at 2-apiece, as senior outfielder Mike Hughes followed with another sacrifice fly, scoring Moran from third.