CHICAGO – Despite not playing a game in almost a month, the Roosevelt baseball team showed no signs of rust by scoring early and holding the bats of NCAA Division I baseball power UIC at bay in a banner 6-1 victory at the Flames' Les Miller Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lakers (1-3) scored six times in the game's first three innings, taking advantage of some wildness on the mound by the Flames (5-8), and eight Roosevelt pitchers combined to allow just one run and keep the hosts off the scoreboard for the game's first seven-plus innings.
It was Roosevelt's first win of the season and first-ever victory over an NCAA Division I program on the baseball diamond.
Steve Schwartz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and four Green and White batters drove in a run.
Starter Alex Miramontes led a staff outing, tossing a scoreless first to get the win.
UIC started Ryan Hinchley hit five of the 11 batters he faced and allowed four runs to take the loss.
Roosevelt scored three times in the second, as Hinchley beaned the first three batters of the frame and unfurled a wild pitch that brought in the inning's first tally. An error and a sacrifice fly accounted for two more runs.
The Lakers' pitching took care of the rest, mowing down the UIC lineup and scattering six hits and ending the game on a double-play to notch a benchmark victory against a program that has advanced to four NCAA Regionals since 2003.
"We took advantage of some early mistakes, they gave us opportunities early, and we took advantage of them," said Roosevelt head coach Steve Marchi. "We hit enough when we needed to hit, and we pitched lights-out. That's a pretty good recipe right there. Up and down, our pitching staff was fantastic.
Wednesday was Roosevelt's first game since Feb. 16.
"We haven't played in almost a month now, and that last couple weeks of practice have been tough keeping the guys motivated," said Marchi. "We just keep saying 'Keep working, we're going to get out there,' and it just shows we've been putting in time on the practice field."