Baseball Takes Two At Wright State

April 14, 2001

Dayton, Ohio - The UIC baseball team rebounded from a 6-1 loss Friday evening at Wright State to sweep a doubleheader from the Raiders Saturday afternoon, 7-5 and 9-2.

The wins up UIC's overall record to 18-19, while it is 6-1 in Midwestern Collegiate Conference play. The two squads will wrap up the four-game series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. EST.

In game one, the Flames grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as hits by Mike Bruszer (Deerfield, Ill./Deerfield), Bob Rosinski (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) and Weber Bowen (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) led to the pair of runs.

UIC plated one more run in the top of the fifth for a 3-0 lead while Flames starter Steve Carlson (Newark, Ill./Newark) kept the Wright State bats quiet early, allowing three hits through the first four innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Raiders ended the shutout and finally got to Carlson for four runs on five hits to take a 4-3 lead.

After the Flames answered with a pair of runs in the sixth on a RBI single by Bruszer to take the lead back, 5-4, Wright State knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the frame.

UIC, however, plated two runs in the top of the seventh on a pair of RBI doubles by J.P. Moran (Burlington, Wis./Westosha Central) and John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) to grab the lead back, 7-5.

Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth Academy) made the two-run lead stand up as he worked the seventh in relief of Carlson and earned his second save of the season after holding off the Raiders. Carlson picked up his league-leading sixth victory of the year.

In the nightcap, Bruszer led off the game with his third home run of the campaign, a shot to left centerfield, and the Flames jumped all over Wright State starter Scott Marshall in the top of the first inning for a 4-0 lead.

UIC would go on to score one run in the second, third and sixth innings and two in the fourth to cruise to a 9-2 victory.

Flames starter Nick Worm (Montgomery, Minn./Montgomery Lonsdale) turned in an impressive outing on the mound to pick up his second win of the year. The senior righty surrendered five hits, including just three through the first six innings, and fanned seven while working the entire seven-inning outing.

Rosinski paced UIC in the win with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, while Bowen, Bruszer and Kevin Nelson (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) all tallied a pair of hits.