Baseball Completes Sweep Of Cleveland State, 7-2

Freshman Mark Hallberg extended his hitting streak to 17-games on Saturday.
Freshman Mark Hallberg extended his hitting streak to 17-games on Saturday.

May 7, 2005

Box Score

East Cleveland, Ohio - University of Illinois at Chicago freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 2-for-4, including a two-run homer, to extend his hitting streak to a team-season best 17 games, as the Flames completed the doubleheader sweep over Cleveland State with the 7-2 victory over the Vikings in the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader at Forest Hill Park.

Senior second baseman Mike Bruszer (RBI, run) and senior right fielder Shane Crowder (2 RBI, run) both collected three hits, while junior catcher Bryan Nolte went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Senior third baseman Bryan Russo went 0-for-4, ending his streak of 37 straight games of reaching base safely.

With the sweep, UIC improves to 28-17-1 overall and 9-6 in Horizon League action, while the Vikings fall to 9-30 on the campaign and 2-13 in conference action. This marks the second straight week that the Flames have won a Horizon League series on the road, moving them into third place in the conference.

"I'm very pleased with the way we've played this weekend," UIC Head Coach Mike Dee said. "We're back in the hunt (in the Horizon League)."

UIC junior pitcher Scott Saling (4-0) picked up the victory for the Flames, allowing two runs and five hits, while striking out two batters in six innings. Cleveland State starter Mike Ochwat (0-5) took the loss, allowing seven runs and 12 hits in six innings.

Cleveland State left fielder Vasilli Pahoulis went 2-for-3 at the plate, to lead the Vikings offensively.

UIC and Cleveland State will conclude their four-game series on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. (CST).