Baseball Whitewashes Chicago State, 9-0

Junior catcher Kevin Nelson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Chicago State on Tuesday night.
Junior catcher Kevin Nelson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI against Chicago State on Tuesday night.

May 7, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - Junior Scott Anderson (Beulah, ND/Beulah) and freshmen pitchers Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) combined for a four-hit shut out as the University of Illinois at Chicago defeated Chicago State, 9-0, at Les Miller Field on Tuesday evening.

Anderson started the game and allowed three hits and struck out four batters to improve his record to 2-0 on the season. Bernabei struck out four batters and allowed one hit in three innings of work, while Haehnel closed the game with two innings of hitless ball, while striking out two batters.

With the victory UIC improves to 31-12, while the Cougars drop to 4-27 on the 2002 campaign.

Junior catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) led the UIC offensive attack with a 3-for-4 performance, with two runs scored and a RBI. Junior left fielder Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) notched two hits, while junior first baseman Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) chipped in two RBI for the Flames.

UIC got on the board in the second inning as sophomore Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) drew a walk from Chicago State starter Nick Troy.

Lorenzo advanced to second base on a passed ball and moved over to third base on a single by Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg). Lorenzo then scored on a sacrifice fly be sophomore right fielder Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) to put the Flames ahead, 1-0.

UIC extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third thanks in part to a pair of Chicago State errors. Lorenzo and Deahl each recorded RBI for the Flames.



The Flames put a two-spot on Chicago State in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 6-0 as Nelson and Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) each recorded RBI. Nelson roped an RBI single, while Gord drove in Nelson with a RBI double to right field.

UIC added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) and Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

Chicago State reliever Dan Soria attempted to pick off Granderson and threw the ball up the first base line, which allowed Homco to score and advanced Granderson to third.

Soria issued a walk to Lorenzo to put runners on first and third for the Flames. Chicago State catcher John Szykowny gave up a pair of passed balls, which scored Granderson and moved Lorenzo over to third base. Lorenzo later scored on a ground out by Deahl.

UIC will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they will host MacMurray College at 6:05 PM at Les Miller Field.