Baseball Ends Spring Trip On High Note
March 25, 2004
Rock Hill, S.C. - The University of Illinois baseball team rebounded from its three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over North Carolina A&T Thursday evening in a game played on the campus of Winthrop University. A four-run seventh propelled Illinois, which with the win improved to 5-10 on the year while North Carolina A&T dropped to 10-18 overall.
North Carolina A&T wasted little time building on the momentum it had after Wednesday's dramatic win over Illinois. The Aggies plated a single run in the first for a quick 1-0 lead, than added another in the fourth for a 2-0 lead after Illinois left runners in scoring position in both the first and third innings.
The Illini tied the game up in the bottom half of the fourth. Brian Raymond drew a one-out walk, stole second and came home when Dusty Bensko saw a pop fly drop in shallow left for a double that moved the score to 2-1. Chris Robinson followed Bensko with a sharp single to center that plated Bensko to tie the game at two all.
Illinois got its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Trevor Huisinga scored on a Chad Frk double, and Frk came around when Davidson followed him with a triple to deep center that opened a 4-2 lead for the Illini. Two more runs in the seventh opened a 6-2 lead. Davidson scored on a ground ball off the bat of Eric Eymann, and Vince DiMaria came around for the sixth run on a wild pitch after reaching on a walk that followed Davidson's triple.
The Aggies added a single run in the top of the ninth off reliever Jonathan Smiley for the final 6-3 margin.
Illinois starter Jimmy Conroy got the win, improving to 3-1 on the year after allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Offensively, Trevor Huisinga had a pair of hits and two stolen bases for Illinois, which got six hits and left 10 runners on base.
Illinois returns to action Sunday afternoon, opening the home season against Illinois College. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Illinois Field.