Baseball Upends Visiting Detroit, 11-3

Chuck Peters and the Flames defeated Detroit, 11-3, on Friday night at Les Miller Field
Chuck Peters and the Flames defeated Detroit, 11-3, on Friday night at Les Miller Field

May 10, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - After giving up five hits in the first two innings, University of Illinois at Chicago rookie southpaw Ryan Gehring settled down the rest of the way and the Flames' offense heated up, as UIC defeated Detroit, 11-3, at Les Miller Field on Friday evening in a Horizon League tilt.

Detroit (12-29, 2-13) came out clicking on all cylinders, as Titan centerfielder Justin Davenport tagged Gehring for a first inning home run, giving the visitors a quick 1-0 lead.

In the second, Detroit scored two more runs, as first baseman Tim Poley homered to center after Roger Wechter laid down a bunt single to give the Titans a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the second.

UIC (33-12, 11-4) got one back in its half of the second, as Chuck Peters tallied his second homer of the season, a solo shot, to bring the Flames within two at 3-1.

Gehring them put the clamp down on the Titan aluminum, shutting the visitors down the rest of the way. On the night, Gehring went the distance, fanning eight, giving up ten hits, while allowing three runs to pick-up his eighth win of the season (8-1).

After singles by Mark Homco and Mike Lorenzo in the third, Peters stepped up and knocked in Homco with a single of his own to make it 3-2.

In the fifth frame, Mike Bruszer led off the inning with a single followed by a bunt base hit from Mark Homco, putting runners on first and second for Curtis Granderson.

Granderson singled to load the bases. Titan starter Keith Astrauckas then let loose a wild pitch that scored Bruszer.



Peters, the man of the night, came up again with ducks on the pond and delivered a one-out single that scored Homco that proved to be the winning run.

Homco and Kevin Nelson each added run scoring singles in the sixth and seventh innings, while the Flames plated five in the eighth.

Mike Hughes hit a hot-shot down the left field line that scored two, as he then advanced all the way home on a throwing error by Detroit shortstop Mike Malley that sailed over catcher Mike Mitrevski's head to plate the Flames' 11th run.

Astrauckas was pinned with the loss for Detroit, dropping to 2-5 on the year. The Titans fall to 12-19 and 2-13 on the season.

Game two of the Horizon League series between the Flames and Titans has been changed to 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 11 as the first game of a twinbill.

The doubleheader was originally slated to start at 2:05 PM.