Moore Hits Decisive Blast In Baseball's 7-6 Win Over Michigan State
May 9, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- Junior second baseman Tyler Moore hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the seventh to give the UIC baseball team a 7-6 victory over visiting Michigan State at Les Miller Field on Wednesday night.
On a breathtaking day in Chicago, the Flames (27-17) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before the Spartans (19-24) made it interesting late in the game.
Adam Worthington earned the win in relief to move to 4-1 on the season, while David Cales pitched a scoreless ninth for his 10th save of the year. Cales now owns sole possession of second place in the UIC single-season record book for saves.
UIC went ahead right off the bat after scoring six times in the first two frames. In the bottom of the first the Flames loaded the bases and received a sacrifice fly RBI from Larry Gempp Jr. and an RBI single by Cales.
The second inning featured a Flames four-spot. With the bases loaded again, Gempp drove in another run on a single to center, and Schweikert launched a ball to the left centerfield fence that cleared the bases for his second two-bagger of the season.
Michigan State chipped away at the UIC advantage, as the Spartans plated a run in the third off of Brad Riegler and scored three more times in the fourth to cut their deficit to two.
In the seventh Evan Friedland hit a two-out, two-run single off of Worthington to even the game at 6-6.
But that set up Moore, who launched an offering from Spartan reliever John Dwan over the left field wall in the home half of the seventh for the eventual game-winner.
Worthington tossed a scoreless eighth, and Cales made the move from short to the mound in the ninth to close out the contest.
The UIC win snapped Michigan State's four-game winning streak and gave the Flames their fourth win in the last five games.
UIC begins a three-series against Butler at Les Miller Field this Friday at 6:05 p.m.