Cleveland State Rocks Baseball, 11-2
May 5, 2002
Euclid, Ohio - Senior right hander Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth) entered Sunday's contest against Cleveland State with a Horizon League-best and 14th -best ERA in the nation at 2.08.
Cleveland State third baseman Stipe Miocic, however, proved to be the bain of Banks' existence on Sunday afternoon as he connected for a pair of homers, a solo and three-run shot, as the Vikings cruised to the 11-2 victory at Memorial Field #1.
Cleveland State's Jerry Long picked up the victory to improve his record to 4-5, while Banks falls to 7-5 on the campaign.
Long allowed only two hits in seven innings of work and struck out eight UIC batters and lowered his ERA in the Horizon League to 0.52 ERA. Long has not allowed an earned run in Horizon League play over the last 30 innings.
With the victory, Cleveland State improves to 13-28 overall and 7-9 in Horizon League action, while the Flames drop to 30-12 on the campaign and 10-4 in league play.
Miocic got things going for Cleveland State in the bottom of the second inning as he launched a solo homer off Banks, to put the Vikings ahead, 1-0.
Following a RBI sacrifice fly by Ben Smith and a RBI single by Dominic Erney in the bottom of the third, Miocic struck Banks again as he launched his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, to put Cleveland State up 6-0.
Cleveland State put the game out reach in the bottom of the fifth inning as they put a four-spot on Banks to knock him out of the game and give the Vikings a 10-0 lead. Erney and designated hitter Rick Shimko each recorded RBI for the Vikings, while the other two runs were unearned.
UIC picked up its first run in the top of the sixth inning as sophomore Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) drew a bases-loaded walk from Long to score Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South).
Cleveland State added another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning as left fielder Jeff Katlen scored from second base on a throwing error by sophomore shortstop Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield).
Junior Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) accounted for UIC's final run of the day as he launched his first homer of the season over the centerfield wall to leadoff the top of the eighth inning.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will host Chicago State at 7:05 PM at Les Miller Field.