Baseball Falls To Youngstown State In Slugfest, 11-8

Senior catcher Nelson Gord went 4-for-5 with two RBI on Friday night.
Senior catcher Nelson Gord went 4-for-5 with two RBI on Friday night.

May 14, 2004

Box Score

Niles, Ohio- Despite posting eight runs against Youngstown State pitching, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team did not fare any better on the mound as the Flames dropped an 11-8 contest in the first of a four-game series at Eastwood Field on Friday night.

Youngstown State (16-27, 5-9 Horizon League) used a three-run eighth inning to escape with the win over the Flames (32-16, 12-5 Horizon League), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

UIC was led offensively by senior catcher Nelson Gord, who went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Brad Ryan chipped in with a 2-for-5 evening and three RBI.

The Flames led the game on three different occasions, nursing a 7-6 lead after 6 1/2 innings, but an overall lackluster pitching performance by three different UIC hurlers helped negate the offensive explosion.

Junior starter David Haehnel gave up six runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, while losing pitcher Marcus Goodman (4-2) gave up all three runs in the bottom of the eighth that broke an 8-8 draw and sealed the Flames' fate for the night.

Zach Peterson was also tagged by Youngstown hitting, giving up two runs in just over an inning of work.

Overall Flames pitching gave up 11 runs on 15 hits. The UIC defense had a rough time as well, committing four errors.

The Penguins were led by shortstop Charles Schultz's three RBI, two of which were scored in the fateful eighth inning, while starting pitcher Justin Thomas (6-2) earned the victory despite giving up eight runs on 13 hits.

UIC is back in action tomorrow for a twinbill at Youngstown State beginning at 11 a.m.