2000 UIC Flames Baseball Highlights
· Mike Dee and his staff brought in 19 new players for the 2000 campaign, which was ranked one of the top recruiting classes in the country by Collegiate Baseball.
· UIC was picked to finish third in the conference race in the 2000 preseason poll of MCC coaches.
· Rookie J.P. Moran garnered MCC Player of the Week honors twice through the first three weeks of the season while pitchers Nick Worm and Kevin Ryan were both hailed MCC Pitcher of the Week once during that span.
· The Flames earned their first-ever MCC regular-season championship with a 12-6 conference ledger.
· UIC hit the 30-win plateau for just the fourth time in school history following its 8-4 win over Detroit on May 14.
· Sophomore John Rosner was selected to the GTE/Academic All-District V Baseball Team.
· The Flames put together their first winning season since 1993.
· UIC's three-game sweep at the University of Iowa in early May was the first time since the 1993 season that the Flames took all three games of a series on the road. The wins were also UIC's first against the Hawkeyes.
· The Flames finished the 2000 campaign with a 33-26 overall record, which matches the school record for most wins in a single season.
· UIC ranked first in MCC action for both batting average (.332) and earned run average (3.86).
· For the second consecutive year, Head Coach Mike Dee share MCC Co-Coach of the Year honors.
· UIC landed nine individuals on the All-MCC Teams as Sean McNichols and John Rosner were both voted to the All-MCC First Team and Eric Duke and Bob Rosinski were both All-MCC Second Team honorees. Weber Bowen, Curtis Granderson, Brad Mears, J.P. Moran and Nick Worm were all selected to the MCC's All-Newcomer Team.
· Bob Rosinski, J.P. Moran and Nick Worm were all named to the MCC All-Tournament Team.
· Joe Schicker established a new school record for single season hit-by-pitches with 20.
· The Flames compiled a 17-2 record at Les Miller Field.
· Eric Duke set a new single-season record with 223 at-bats during the 2000 season, passing the old mark of 218.
· Steve Carlson's 28 mound appearances ranks third-most in the single-season record book.
· Curtis Granderson's 51 runs scored equals the third most in a single year.
· Nick Worm's 100 innings pitched is the fourth-most ever by a Flames' pitcher in a single year while his team-high eight wins are fifth most.
· Brad Mears fanned 72 batters during 2000, which ties for fifth-most in a year while his 90.1 innings pitched ranks eighth.
· Sean McNichols' 70 hits ties for ninth most in single season history.