Baseball Rallies For 10-9 Extra-Inning Win Over Youngstown State In Nightcap
May 14, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - With his 20-game hitting streak lying in the balance, University of Illinois at Chicago freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg connected for a walk-off RBI single to help the host Flames to the 10-9 come-from-behind, Horizon League victory and doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State at Les Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.
Senior third baseman Bryan Russo (3 runs) opened the inning with a bunt-single and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Penguins' third baseman Josh Page. Hallberg (1-for-5, RBI, run) stepped to the plate and calmly roped a single over the head of YSU leftfielder Dustin Thomas, to extend his hitting streak to 21 games and secure the victory for the Flames.
With the victory, UIC improves to 31-18-1 overall and 12-6 in Horizon League play, while the Penguins fall to 25-20 on the campaign and 7-3 in conference action.
YSU reliever Ryan Sellman (0-3) was tagged with the loss for the Penguins, surrendering three runs and four hits in two innings of work. UIC reliever Ryan Hopkins (2-3) turned in a yeoman-like effort on the mound, allowing one run and four hits in three innings, while fanning two batters.
In order for Hallberg's heroics to happen, the Flames had to use some long-ball magic to rally from a three-run deficit in the eighth inning.
With YSU holding a 8-5 lead, UIC senior outfielder Shane Crowder (2-for-5, 3 RBI, run) connected for a two-out, two-run homer - his third of the season - off of Penguins' reliever Kevin Libeg to narrow the Penguins' lead to 8-7.
The Penguins bounced back in the ninth with a run of their own, on a RBI single from designated hitter Erich Diedrich (4-for-6, 3 RBI, run) to extend their advantage to 9-7.
The Flames tied it up in the ninth inning, as junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski (4-for-4, 2 RBI, run) roped a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, over the right field wall to square the game up at 9-apiece.
YSU outfielder J.D. Hannan went 4-for-7 with three runs and a RBI, while third baseman Jim Phillips collected three hits, including a solo homer.
Both teams will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, for a 1:05 p.m. (CST) doubleheader at Les Miller Field.