Northwestern Rallies For 4-3 Victory Over Baseball
May 14, 2002
Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of University of Illinois at Chicago reliever Charlie Hahn (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows) to complete the 4-3 come-from-behind non-conference victory at Rocky Miller Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, Northwestern improves to 22-25 on the season, while the Flames fall to 33-13 on the 2002 campaign.
UIC took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning as Northwestern second baseman Eric Roeder opened the frame up with a single off Hahn and advanced to second on another single by leadoff man Steve Haake.
Wildcats' center fielder David Gresky plated Roeder with a RBI double to cut the lead to 3-1 and advanced Haake to third base. Right fielder Brandon Ackley brought Haake home with a RBI single to narrow UIC's lead to 3-2 and move Gresky over to third base.
The Wildcats tied the game up as first baseman Travis Tharp grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that scored Gresky. Northwestern designated hitter Todd Morgan drew a two-out walk from Hahn, which would be the last batter he would face on the day.
UIC coach Mike Dee brought in Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) to replace Hahn. Bernabei issued a walk to third baseman Josh Lieberman, which brought pinch hitter Pat McMahon to the plate. McMahon promptly roped a two-out single that brought home Morgan with the winning run.
Hahn took the loss as he allowed all four runs in 2/3 of an inning to drop to 2-2 on the season. Northwestern reliever Dan Pohlman pitched two innings of scoreless relief to improve his record to 3-3 on the campaign, while Jon Mikrut pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season.
Junior center fielder Curtis Granderson (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) went 4-for-5 with a RBI to improve his average to .483 on the season. Granderson's single in the top of the fifth inning was his 84th of the season, breaking the single season record of 83.
UIC got on the board first in the top of the second inning as senior centerfielder John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) extended his hitting streak to 27-games with a leadoff double down the right field line.
Rosner advanced over to third base on a groundout by junior Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and scored on another groundout by junior catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) to give the Flames the 1-0 lead.
The Flames extended their lead with a two-spot in the top of the fifth inning as sophomore second baseman Mark Homco (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) and Granderson each recorded RBI, as UIC took a 3-0 lead.
Nelson led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman third baseman Bryan Russo (Davie, Fla./American Heritage). Sophomore shortstop Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) singled Nelson over to third base.
Homco drove in Nelson from third base with a groundball that Northwestern shortstop Jon Mikrut booted and allowed Nelson to score. Granderson then plated Bruszer with a RBI single.
UIC will be back in action this weekend for a crucial four-game series with Horizon League rival, UW-Milwaukee. Friday's contest is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.