Baseball Squeaks Past MacMurray, 3-1
May 8, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Junior left fielder Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) launched an opposite-field, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-all tie and help propel the University of Illinois at Chicago to the 3-1 victory over MacMurray College on Wednesday night at Les Miller Field.
With the victory, UIC improves to 32-12 on the season, while MacMurray falls to 14-25 on the 2002 campaign.
Freshman Charlie Hahn (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows) pitched four innings of scoreless relief of starter Kevin Ryan (Elmhurst, Ill./York) and picked up his second victory of the season. Hahn allowed only two hits and struck out four batters.
Freshman David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning to earn his team-leading third save of the season.
With the score tied at 1-apiece, junior centerfielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) opened the bottom of the seventh with a single. MacMurray reliever Jon Campbell retired the next two UIC batters to set the stage for Peters' opposite-field, two-run blast.
MacMurray got on the board first in the top of the second inning as designated hitter Nick Wenskunas took Ryan deep for a solo home run to put the Highlanders ahead, 1-0.
UIC answered in the bottom half of the frame as Peters roped a two-out single and scored on a RBI triple by sophomore catcher Mike Hughes (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) to tie the game at 1-apiece.
UIC will be back in action on Friday night at 6:05 PM as they will host Horizon League rival Detroit at Les Miller Field for the opener of their four-game series.