UIC Picked To Finish First In MCC Race By Collegiate Baseball|
Jan. 11, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC Flames baseball program has been picked to finish first in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference race by Collegiate Baseball Magazine it was announced today.
After Head Coach Mike Dee's squad in the preseason poll, UW-Milwaukee was slotted for second, Cleveland State was picked third, Butler in fourth, Wright State in fifth and Detroit in sixth.
The Flames will be looking to continue to build on last year's successful campaign when the first pitch of the 2001 season is thrown on Feb. 9 against the Northwestern Wildcats in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Last spring, UIC racked up a school record matching 33 wins and shared the MCC regular-season title while coming up just one win shy of its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Collegiate Baseball also singled out five UIC individuals among its "players to watch this spring" - sophomore outfielder J.P. Moran (Burlington, Wis./Westosha Central), junior infielder John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette), junior pitcher Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood), senior pitcher Nick Worm (Montgomery, Minn./Montgomery-Lonsdale) and senior pitcher Steve Carlson (Newark, Ill./Newark).
Moran, who earned MCC All-Newcomer Team accolades as a rookie last season, led the Flames with a .358 batting average and 17 doubles while starting in 56 games. Rosner, who is expected to move from first base to second base this season, compiled a .333 batting average and snagged 18 bases in 2000 while committing just two errors in 284 total attempts.
On the mound, Gilliam returns after sitting out the 2000 campaign with a rotator cuff problem. In his last season of competition in `99, the lefty led the Flames' hurlers with a 4.42 ERA and five wins. Worm collected MCC All-Newcomer Team honors last season in his first year at UIC as he compiled a 4.59 ERA with an 8-6 record. Carlson, another lefty on the Flames' staff, made 28 appearances out of the bullpen in 2000 and racked up seven saves and a 6-3 record with a 5.01 ERA.
In all, Dee welcomes back 17 total letterwinners, including six starting position players and four starting pitchers.