Baseball Squeaks Past Youngstown State, 3-2, In Game One
May 15, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago senior third baseman Bryan Russo's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the host Flames held on for the 3-2 Horizon League victory over Youngstown State in the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader at Les Miller Field.
UIC junior left fielder Bart Babineaux helped the Flames cause at the plate and in the field with a two-run double in the first inning, while robbing YSU catcher Erich Diedrich of a home run in the third inning. Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a single in the third inning.
With the victory, UIC improves to 32-18-1 overall and 13-6 in Horizon League play, while the Penguins fall to 25-21 on the campaign and 7-4 in conference action.
UIC reliever Ryan Hopkins (3-3) earned the victory, his second in as many games, tossing one inning of scoreless relief, while fanning one batter. YSU starter Eric Shaffer (4-7) was the tough-luck loser for the Penguins, taking the complete-game loss, scattering three runs and six hits, while striking out two batters.
UIC got on the board in the first inning, as Babineaux connected for a two-run double to put the Flames ahead, 2-0.
YSU used a little two-out magic in the second inning, when left fielder Brent Parks connected for a triple and scored on a RBI single from catcher Brandon Caipen (3-for-3, RBI), cutting UIC's lead to 2-1.
The Penguins evened the score in the fifth inning as shortstop Charles Schultz drew a leadoff walk, chasing UIC starter Scott Saling from the contest. YSU second baseman Justin Banks (2-for-4) and third baseman Jim Phillips each recorded back-to-back singles off of Hopkins, scoring Schultz and tying the game up at two.
The Flames answered in the bottom half of the frame, as both shortstop Jeff Gremley and outfielder Shane Crowder reached base on one-out, infield singles. Gremley and Crowder moved into scoring position on a double steal.
Russo plated Gremley from third base with a sacrifice fly, for the final score of 3-2.