Baseball Rolls Past Detroit In The Motor City, 14-0
May 11, 2001
Detroit, Mich. - Senior lefty Steve Carlson tossed eight shutout innings en route to his 11th victory of the season and Curtis Granderson hit for the cycle as the UIC baseball rolled to a 14-0 win over the Detroit Titans Friday afternoon.
The Flames improve to 28-25 on the year and 11-6 in Midwestern Collegiate Conference action while Detroit falls to 9-37 overall and 4-13 in league play.
Carlson, who surrendered just three hits while fanning a season-high 11 batters, matched a 46-year-old school record for single season victories as he tied Dick Novicki, who earned 11 wins during the 1955 campaign. Rookie righty Eric Carlson worked the ninth for the Flames and preserved the shutout.
Granderson, who paced UIC at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI, tallied a single in the second inning, his team-leading fifth triple of the year in the sixth and a double in the seventh, completed the cycle in the eighth with his ninth home run of the year.
UIC took an early lead, plating two runs in the first and one more in the second for a 3-0 lead. In the first, John Rosner and Chris Kerpan led off with back-to-back singles to give the Flames runners on first and third with no outs. Bob Rosinski's shot to first base got by Detroit first baseman Tim Poley, leading to UIC's first run of the game and a ground out to first by Chuck Peters scored Kerpan for a 2-0 Flames' lead.
In the second, Granderson reached first on a shot up the middle that deflected of the pitching rubber and into right field. The speedy outfielder then moved over to second and on to third on a pair of throwing errors by Detroit pitcher David Wampler. Granderson scored on a groundout to second by Mike Bruszer for a 3-0 UIC lead.
The Flames then put the game away for good in the sixth as they added six more runs to their total of a 9-0 lead. A triple to right center by Granderson and doubles by Bruszer and Kerpan highlighted the frame.
UIC upped its lead to 13-0 with a four-spot in the seventh and the final run of the game came on Granderson's team-leading ninth bomb of the year.
The Flames and Detroit will meet again on Saturday for a pair of seven-inning outings starting at 12:30 p.m.