Baseball Splits With UW-Milwaukee
May 18, 2002
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete a nine-run rally and the 11-6 victory over UW-Milwaukee in Game Two of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.
Panthers' pitcher Quintin Oldenburg struck out eight batters and scattered six hits for the 3-1 complete-game victory over the Flames in the opener.
With the split, UIC moves to 35-14 on the season and 13-5 in the Horizon League, while UW-Milwaukee is 32-17 overall and 15-7 in league play.
If UIC wins Sunday's contest, the Flames will win the Horizon League regular-season title outright. If UW-Milwaukee wins the game, UIC will have to travel to Youngstown State for the completion of their suspended contest from April 6th to determine the Horizon League regular-season champion.
In the nightcap, UW-Milwaukee took a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh inning as sophomore Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) opened the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a fielding error by centerfielder Ben Beno.
Sophomore Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield) plated Gord with a RBI double to knot the game up at 6-apiece. Senior John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) then drove Bruszer home with the winning run with another double as the Flames took the 7-6 lead.
UIC added two more runs as sophomore first baseman Mike Lorenzo (Lockport, Ill./Providence) and sophomore designated hitter J.P. Carey (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) each recorded RBI singles for the Flames.
Carey stole second and advanced to third on a flyout by junior catcher Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows). Carey then put the icing on the cake for UIC as he stole home for the final score of 11-6.
Gord began the rally for the Flames in the top of the fifth inning as he connected for a three-run homer, his first of the season, to cut UW-Milwaukee's lead to 6-5.
Freshman reliever Bill Bernabei (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) pitched three innings and allowed only one run on four hits to improve his record to 2-0 on the season.
In the opener, UW-Milwaukee jumped on UIC starter Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth) for two runs in the first inning and never looked back as they earned the 3-1 victory over the Flames.
Banks allowed three runs on six hits as his record dropped to 7-6 on the season, while Oldenburg improved to 8-2 on the campaign.
UIC and UW-Milwaukee will battle in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 PM.