UIC Scratches Out 4-2 Win Over UWM
May 18, 2003
CHICAGO - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pounded out 12 hits but left eight runners on base and hit into two double plays in falling to the University of Illinois at Chicago, 4-2, Sunday afternoon.
UIC (35-16, 15-6) had 13 hits and scored once in the sixth inning and two times in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and claim the win.
The Flames opened the scoring in the first with a single run but UWM (25-23, 13-10) tied the game in the third on an RBI double by Ben Stanczyk. UIC then took command with its offensive outburst in the sixth and seventh innings before a Jeff Pitrof home run in the ninth provided for the final margin.
Pitrof had three hits and Sam Jansen two for UWM.
Starter Aaron Bushong (2-9) allowed 11 hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for the Panthers. Jay Molstad allowed the fourth run before Cory Kleeba made his first appearance since April in getting the final four outs.
Both teams already knew their final place in the Horizon League regular season standings entering the contest, with UIC having clinched the league title and the Panthers having clinched third place. UWM will open Horizon League Tournament play Thursday in Dayton at 6:30 p.m. EDT against Youngstown State. UIC will await the winner of Wednesday's first-round game for the first contest of the day Thursday.