Baseball Edges IPFW, 4-2, In Rain-Shortened Contest
May 19, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago third baseman Jeff Gremley celebrated `Senior Day' by going 2-for-3, with two RBI and a run scored, as the Flames picked up the 4-2 rain-shortened, non-conference victory over IPFW in six innings at Les Miller Field on Thursday afternoon.
Senior shortstop Mike Bruszer also got in the fun, as the Deerfield, Ill., native connected for a RBI double in the second inning.
With the victory, UIC improves to 35-18-1 on the campaign, while the Mastodons fall to 24-25 overall.
UIC sophomore starter Ryan Zink (7-5) picked up the victory for the Flames, allowing just one run and three hits in three innings of work. Sophomore reliever Zach Peterson earned his second save of the season, allowing one unearned run and three hits in three innings.
IPFW hurler Jake Hollander (2-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering four runs and six hits in three innings pitched.
IPFW got on the board in the second inning, as shortstop Ryan Steinbach (1-for-1, 2 runs) drew a leadoff walk and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt from right fielder Zach Walton and a groundout by Brandon Armstrong. Mastodons catcher Brent Doty plated Steinbach with a RBI single, giving IPFW the 1-0 advantage.
UIC answered in the bottom of the frame as Gremley roped a two-out single and moved over to second, when Hollander plunked senior right fielder Shane Crowder. Bruszer evened the score up at 1-apiece, plating Gremley with a RBI double.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead in the third inning, as junior catcher Bryan Nolte belted a two-out double and scored on a RBI single from sophomore center fielder Larry Gempp Jr. Hollander walked junior first baseman Jason Friedman, setting the stage for a two-run double from Gremley, extending UIC's lead to 4-1.
IPFW cut the Flames' lead in half in the fourth inning, as Steinbach drew a walk from Peterson and moved to second on a passed ball by Nolte. Peterson fanned Walton, bringing Armstrong to the plate. Armstrong drove in Steinbach with a RBI single, narrowing UIC's lead to 4-2.
UIC will be back in action next Thursday, as the Flames will play a yet-to-be determined opponent in the second-round of the Horizon League Tournament, hosted by Butler, at Victory Field, the home of the Triple-A, Indianapolis Indians.