Baseball Nips Illinois Tech, 4-2

Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 3-for-4 against IIT on Tuesday night.
Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 3-for-4 against IIT on Tuesday night.

May 3, 2005

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad broke a 1-all tie with three runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a RBI single from senior right fielder Shane Crowder, as the host Flames earned the 4-2 non-conference victory over Illinois Tech at Les Miller Field on Tuesday evening.

UIC freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 3-for-4, while teammate Larry Gempp Jr. went 2-for-3, including a solo homer, his seventh of the season, to lead off the fourth inning.

With the victory, UIC improves to 25-17-1 overall, while the Scarlet Hawks fall to 25-19 on the campaign.

Junior reliever Jason Foster (7-6) earned the victory for the Flames, surrendering one run and two hits in two innings of work, while sophomore Zach Peterson picked up his first career save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

IIT starter Brian Schiller (3-3) was tagged with the loss for the Scarlet Hawks, scattering eight hits and four runs in 6.2 innings pitched.

With the score tied at one in the seventh inning, the Flames took advantage of Schilling's inability to find the strike zone. Junior leftfielder Bart Babineaux (hit-by-pitch) and junior catcher Bryan Nolte (walk) both reached base to open the frame. UIC then executed a double-steal, putting both Babineaux and Nolte in scoring position.

Crowder put the Flames ahead with a RBI single that fell in front of Scarlet Hawks' leftfielder Greg Albright, giving UIC the 2-1 advantage. Schiller's attempted pickoff skipped past first baseman Elvis Medina, allowing Nolte to score and Crowder to move to third base, extending UIC's lead to 3-1.



Senior shortstop Jeff Gremley tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly, plating Crowder and pushing the Flames ahead, 4-1.

IIT got on the board in the second inning as Medina and Albright led off the frame with singles and moved into scoring position on a fielding error by UIC starting pitcher Tom Szalewski.

Scarlet Hawks catcher Rob Todd rolled a grounder to Flames' third baseman Bryan Russo for what appeared to be an inning-ending double-play. The relay, however, from second baseman Mike Bruszer pulled Hallberg off the bag, allowing Medina to score from third, giving IIT the 1-0 lead.

The Flames evened it up in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Gempp connected for a solo homer over the right field wall, knotting the game up at 1-apiece.

IIT added a run in the eighth inning, as rightfielder Ross Hinter roped a one-out double and moved to third base on a groundout by centerfielder Dennis Payonk. Scarlet Hawks' second baseman Jon Roach plated Hinter with a RBI single, narrowing UIC's lead to 4-2.

UIC will be back in action on Friday afternoon, as they will travel to Ohio to begin a four-game Horizon League series against Cleveland State at 5:00 p.m. (CST).