Home-Winning Streak Comes To An End For Baseball
May 4, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Cleveland State jumped all over University of Illinois at Chicago starter Scott Anderson with six runs in the first two innings and withstood a late rally by the Flames to pick up the 7-6 Horizon League victory at Les Miller Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Cleveland State improves to 8-30 overall and 2-13 in Horizon League play, while the Flames fall to 30-14 on the campaign and 12-4 in league action.
The win by Cleveland State snaps UIC's 12-game and 26-game home winning streaks. UIC's last defeat at Les Miller Field came on April 30, 2002 as Kansas earned the 8-4 victory over the host Flames.
Vikings' starter Mike Ochwat picked up the victory for Cleveland State, allowing four runs and nine hits in 7.1 innings of work to improve to 2-2 on the campaign. Cleveland State's Gian Testa pitched 1.2 innings of relief to pick up his third save of the season. Anderson drops to 3-3 overall, giving up seven hits and six runs in 1.1 innings.
Cleveland State took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning as junior right fielder Mike Hughes (2-for-4, 2 runs) reached base on a fielder's choice with two outs. Hughes moved over to second base as Testa issued a base on balls to sophomore second baseman Bryan Russo to set the stage for the Horizon League's RBI leader in senior designated hitter Chuck Peters.
Peters (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 runs) promptly roped Testa's offering into the left-center gap, plating both Hughes and Russo and cutting Cleveland State's lead to 7-6. Testa, however, retired junior first baseman Brad Ryan as the Elmhurst, Ill., native flew out to end the game.
Cleveland State jumped all over Anderson in the top of the first inning as Keith McCleod (single), Doug Besozzi (single) and Kolin Kelly (hit-by-pitch) all reached base to open the frame. Vikings' first baseman Dominic Erney plated both McCloud and Besozzi with a two-run double to right-center, giving Cleveland State the 2-0 lead.
The Vikings extended their advantage to 3-0 as UIC shortstop Jordan DeVoir was unable to handle a hot shot by Cleveland State right fielder Brian Beaumier, allowing Kelly to score from third base.
Cleveland State chased Anderson out of the contest as he surrendered three consecutive singles to Ben Smith, McCleod and Besozzi, setting the stage for a two-run single by Kelly, extending the Vikings' lead to 5-0. UIC head coach Mike Dee brought in reliever Bill Bernabei, who surrendered a sacrifice fly to Erney, scoring Besozzi and pushing Cleveland State to a 6-0 advantage.
UIC used a little two-out magic in the bottom half of the third inning as Peters, Ryan and senior catcher Kevin Nelson each roped two-out RBI singles to cut Cleveland State's lead in half at 6-3.
The Vikings tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning as right fielder Steven Chinn roped a single to left field that UIC's J.P. Carey mishandled, allowing Chinn to move to second on the play. Bernabei uncorked a wild pitch, which advanced Chinn to third.
Dee brought in reliever Charlie Hahn in to face second baseman Mario Angelo and induced a ground out to bring up shortstop Ben Smith with two outs. Smith hit a sharp grounder to DeVoir that would have ended the inning.
DeVoir fielded the ball cleanly, but double clutched the ball, allowing Smith to reach safely and Chinn to score, giving Cleveland State the 7-3 lead.
UIC drew within three runs in the bottom of the eighth as Peters opened the frame with a double. Cleveland State head coach Jay Murphy brought in reliever Gian Testa.
Testa issued a walk to Ryan, bringing Nelson to the plate. Testa then unloaded an offering behind Nelson, which hit his bat, putting the ball into fair territory, moving Peters and Ryan over a base. Peters then scored on a sacrifice fly by DeVoir, narrowing CSU's advantage to 7-4.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday night, as they will host MacMurray College at 7:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.