Baseball Outlasts Cleveland State, 10-8, In Extra Innings

Junior catcher Bryan Nolte connected for the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 12th inning.
Junior catcher Bryan Nolte connected for the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 12th inning.
East Cleveland, Ohio - University of Illinois at Chicago junior catcher Bryan Nolte broke an 8-8 tie in the top of the 12th inning with a RBI single to help the visiting Flames to the 10-8 Horizon League extra-inning victory and series sweep of Cleveland State at Forest Hill Park on Sunday afternoon.

Nolte went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored, while teammates Bryan Russo (4-for-6, 2 runs, double, triple, RBI), Mark Hallberg (3-for-6, 3 runs, RBI) and Ted Rosinski (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs, solo homer) each turned in solid efforts at the plate for the Flames.

With UIC's sixth straight win, the Flames improve to 29-17-1 overall and 10-6 in Horizon League action, while the Vikings fall to 9-31 on the campaign and 2-14 in conference play.

Russo opened the 12th inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a balk by CSU reliever and losing pitcher Nathan Schaefer (1-3). Schaefer fanned first baseman Jason Friedman, bringing Rosinski to the plate.

Schaefer intentionally walked Rosinski, setting the stage for Nolte's heroics. Nolte roped a single through the left side, scoring Russo, giving UIC the 9-8 lead. Rosinski moved to second base on the play.

The Flames added an insurance run, as senior shortstop Jeff Gremley plated Rosinski with a RBI single through the left side, giving UIC the 10-8 advantage.

UIC sophomore hurler Ryan Zink (5-5) earned his second victory in as many days, tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, while fanning four batters.

Cleveland State shortstop Bobby Cash topped the Vikings offensively, going 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, while designated hitter Mike Ochwat (RBI, run) collected three hits.

UIC will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, as they will travel to Evanston, Ill., to square off with Northwestern at 3:00 p.m.