Baseball Blasts Past Youngstown State, 12-4, In Nightcap
May 15, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - With first place in the Horizon League on the line, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad needed to get it done both offensively and on the mound in their series finale against Youngstown State.
Consider the mission accomplished.
UIC tied a team-season high with five home runs on the afternoon, combined with a complete-game, five-hit victory from senior southpaw Tom Szalewski as the Flames cruised to the 12-4 Horizon League win over Youngstown State in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader and completing the series sweep of the Penguins at Les Miller Field.
With the victory, UIC improves to 33-18-1 overall and takes control of first place in the Horizon League with a record of 14-6. The Penguins fall to 25-22 on the campaign and 7-5 in conference action.
In order for the Flames to win their fourth-straight, outright Horizon League regular-season championship, Youngstown State must win one game against UW-Milwaukee in their four-game series next weekend.
Szalewski (4-1) retired the first 10 batters he faced, before surrendering a double to YSU shortstop Charles Schultz (1-for-3, RBI) in the fourth. YSU starter Lucas Engle (3-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Helping Szalewski's cause was the long ball, as the Flames took Penguins pitching deep five times, led by a pair of homers from both senior right fielder Shane Crowder (4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and junior left fielder Bart Babineaux (4-for-5, 3 RBI, 3 runs). Crowder blasted two solo homers, while Babineaux added a two-run shot along with a solo homer.
Junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski (1-for-3, 4 RBI) concluded the round-trippers for the Flames with a three-run homer in the first inning. Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg (2-for-5, 2 runs, RBI) extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a third inning single
Junior catcher Bryan Nolte and sophomore center fielder Larry Gempp Jr. each went 3-for-5 on the afternoon.
YSU first baseman Brian Boone collected two hits on the afternoon, while designated hitter Erich Diedrich went 1-for-2, with two runs scored including a two-run homer.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, as the Flames will host Toledo for a 3:05 p.m. (CST) first pitch at Les Miller Field.