UIC Baseball Sweeps MCC Pitcher & Player Of The Week Accolades|
April 9, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - For the second time in as many days, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team has earned itself a sweep. With its 4-2 win over Cleveland State on Sunday, UIC completed the four-game sweep of the Vikings. Today, the Flames swept the Midwestern Collegiate Conference pitcher and player of the week honors as junior Wes Gilliam (South Holland, Ill./Thornwood) and sophomore Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) were both recognized for their efforts this past weekend.
Gilliam, in his team-high seventh start of the season against Cleveland State on Sunday, tossed seven complete innings to pick up his second win of the year. The 6-foot-5 southpaw scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run while striking out a career-high 11 batters. Gilliam fanned six of the first nine batters he faced and struck out the side in the second and sixth innings. With the outing, Gilliam lowered his season ERA to 4.84, which is third best on the UIC staff.
Peters paced the Flames at the plate in its four-game sweep of Cleveland State as he compiled a .636 batting average. In 11 at-bats, Peters tallied seven hits, including one double and three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. In Saturday's doubleheader sweep, he went 3-for-5 at the plate with a trio of home runs, three runs scored and five RBI. On Sunday versus the Vikings, Peters had two of UIC's six hits, including a game-winning RBI double in the sixth inning. With the weekend, Peters upped his season average to .343, which is third best on the Flames squad.
UIC (14-18, 4-0 MCC), a winner in nine of its last 10 games, is tied for first in the league standings with UW-Milwaukee, which is also 4-0 after taking four outings at Detroit over the weekend. The Flames' sweep of Cleveland State is the first time since joining the MCC in 1995 that UIC has captured all four games of a conference series.
The Flames, picked to finish second in the conference behind UWM in the preseason poll of the league's coaches, host Bradley and Trinity International this week before returning to MCC action this weekend at Wright State.