Baseball Alumni Take Varsity, 3-2


Sept. 23, 2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Alumni Baseball team featured the greatest number of current and former professional players who have returned to Illinois Field in a number of years, and it showed as the alums pulled off the upset, defeating the 2001 Varsity, 3-2, this afternoon at Illinois Field.

Both teams started slowly, as the combination of wooden bats and starting the count at 1-1 on each batter took its toll on the offense. Alums Jason Anderson, Tom Zidlicky and Rich Capparelli paired up to hold the Varsity hitless in the first three innings while the alumni offense waited for something to break.

It finally did in the top of the sixth, when Dan Humay led off with a walk off Illini freshman Glenn Kamis. Todd McClure then picked up the RBI four batters later, putting the alums up 1-0.

But the Varsity came back in the top of the seventh, plating two runs, one by Joffre Colbert after a three-base error, and the other scored when shortstop Brian Raymond drew a bases-loaded walk that scored Andy Schutzenhofer.

The alums came back in the top of the eighth, plating two runs off righthander Ryan Parks to take the 3-2 lead.

The Varsity had its best opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when Patrick Arlis led off with a triple. But Trevor Frederickson, Raymond and T.F. Meagher were all unable to get him around off alumni closer Joe Sprengard.

Pro players who returned included Donn Pall, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, Brian McClure, Jason Anderson, Jon Anderson, Craig Marquie, Dan Neill, Dusty Rhodes, D.J. Svihlik and Mitch Walk.