Baseball Wins Third-Straight Horizon League Regular-Season Title|
May 22, 2004
Detroit, Mich. - Better late than never, in more ways than one.
Due to unplayable field conditions, stemming from heavy overnight rains, Friday's suspended baseball contest between the University of Illinois at Chicago and Detroit was not completed, giving the Flames the 7-3 victory in five innings and their third-straight, Horizon League regular-season championship at the James K. Campbell Complex on Saturday afternoon.
UIC also used some late-inning heroics, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to help secure the victory. Senior J.P. Moran (2-for-3, 3 RBI, run) led the charge for the Flames in the frame with a two-run double.
"We're obviously pleased that we won the conference championship, because this year the Horizon League has had the best balance in the past three seasons," UIC Head Coach Mike Dee said.
With the victory, UIC improves to 34-19 on the season and 14-8 in Horizon League play, while the Titans drop to 18-36 overall and 10-12 in conference action.
Titans' first baseman Tim Poley provided the lone offensive fireworks for Detroit with a three-run homer in the first inning.
Junior southpaw David Haehnel (6-2) picked up the victory for the Flames, scattering seven hits over five innings of work, while striking out three batters. Detroit hurler Adam Myers (3-7) was tagged with the loss, surrendering seven runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings.
UIC will be back in action at 9:30 a.m. (CST) on Thursday morning, as they will take on the winner of Wednesday's contest between the No. 4 and No. 5 seed at the 2004 Horizon League Championship, hosted by Youngstown State.