Pair of Sophomore Hurlers Lead Baseball To Sweep Over Youngstown State

Sophomore <b>Charlie Weinberg</b> picked up his team-best sixth win of the season in game one Sunday against Youngstown State.
Sophomore Charlie Weinberg picked up his team-best sixth win of the season in game one Sunday against Youngstown State.

May 1, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The UIC baseball team received a pair of powerful performances on the mound Sunday as it swept Youngstown State in doubleheader to close a four-game road trip by scores of 5-1 in seven innings and 5-1 in nine.

In the opener, Youngstown State (11-30, 6-9 Horizon League) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the home half of the third when Neil Schroth tripled home David Leon who reached on an error by UIC's (22-18, 11-7 Horizon League) Matt Serna. The Penguins looked poised to tack on a few more runs with runners on first and second with one away, but a double play squashed the rally and ended the inning.

The Flames quickly answered in the fourth inning when Serna scored with the aid of a pair of Youngstown State errors and Jon Ryan scored on Andy Leonard's RBI single to give UIC a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the seventh, the final scheduled inning in the first game, the Flames picked up three more runs to pad the lead. Jason Ganek drew a bases-loaded walk to score the first run and Nick Addison came in to score on Serna's squeeze bunt to make it 4-1. Alex De LaRosa scored the game's final run on a wild pitch.

Charlie Weinberg tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just the single unearned run on four hits to pick up his team-high sixth win of the season. The sophomore fanned five Penguins on the afternoon.

Eric Wyman pitched the final two-thirds of an inning to collect his third save of the season in game one.

In the nightcap, it was Weinberg's classmate Joey Begel (3-2) who tossed seven solid innings, allowing just one run while scattering for hits on the afternoon. The second-year player struck out two and did not issue a walk en route to his third win of the season.



UIC jumped on the Penguins early in game two, scoring three times in the top of the first inning. Nick Addison, Alex De LaRosa and Jason Ganek each doubled off Youngstown State's starter Bill Turosky. De LaRosa and Ganek's doubles were of the RBI-variety, while designated hitter Harry Kammholz added an RBI-groundout in the inning to give the visitors an early 3-run advantage.

Neither team would dent the scoreboard again in the second game until the Flames added a pair of tallies in the top of the sixth inning. Matt Serna knocked a one-out single and Jon Ryan followed with a walk and both players would come around to score on Andy Leonard's RBI double down the left field line, making it 5-0, UIC.

Youngstown State scored its lone run in game two via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Schroth in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that was the extent of the damage.

Wyman made his second scoreless appearance of the day in game two, pitching two scoreless innings to wrap things up. The southpaw struck out one batter in the finale.

The Flames will play their next five games outside the Horizon League beginning with a non-conference tilt at home Wednesday against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Next weekend, UIC will host the No. 9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a three-game set at Les Miller Field, presented by University Village Marketplace. The series begins Saturday, May 7 under the lights at The Mill with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Former Yellow Jacket and current Chicago Cubs All-Star center fielder Marlon Byrd is scheduled to be on hand for that contest. The series wraps with matinees on Sunday (2 p.m.) and Monday (1 p.m.). The Flames will travel north to Evanston, Ill. on Tuesday, May 11 to face the Northwestern Wildcats at 3 p.m. UIC won the first matchup between the two teams earlier this season, 6-3, on April 12 at The Mill.