May 9, 2007
CHICAGO - Illinois-Chicago snapped the Michigan State baseball team's four-game winning streak with a 7-6 victory over the Spartans Wednesday night at Les Miller Field. MSU rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game at 6 in the top of the seventh, but a solo homer by UIC's Tyler Moore proved to be the game winner in the bottom half of the inning. The Spartans (19-24) collected 11 hits in the game, led by first baseman Evan Friedland, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Brandon Doherty and Kyle Day each collected two hits for the Spartans.
Sophomore Quinn Ewert earned his first career start on the mound on Wednesday night, but ran into trouble early, as the Flames (27-17) scored two in the first and four in the second. Ryan Schweikert provided the key hit for UIC in the second, hitting a three-run double to left-center.
The Spartans got one back in the third as Steve Gerstenberger collected an RBI single, plating Dennis Jones from second to make it 6-1. MSU trimmed the lead to 6-4 with three runs in the fourth. Gerstenberger and Doherty hit back-to-back RBI groundouts, while Jones scored from third on an errant pickoff throw to first by UIC pitcher Joe Skinner.
Spartan reliever Chris Cullen kept the Flames off the board in his three innings of relief, allowing three hits and no walks, keeping MSU within striking distance.
UIC threatened by loading the bases with two outs in the sixth, but John Dwan was called on by Coach David Grewe in the key situation, and Dwan responded in his first relief appearance of the season by getting pinch-hitter Brett Schaefer to pop out to right fielder E.J. Daws.
The Spartans tied the game in the seventh on a Friedland two-out, two-run single that scored Kyle Day and Sean Walker, but the Flames reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Moore blasted a solo shot to left field, his fourth of the season.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Michigan State had back-to-back singles courtesy of Eric Roof and Friedland, but a flyout to center field ended the Spartans' rally.
Adam Worthington (4-1) picked up the win for UIC, while David Cales earned his 10th save. John Dwan (3-6) took the loss for MSU.
Michigan State returns to action for a four-game home series with Northwestern, beginning Friday at Kobs Field at 3:05 p.m.