Baseball Bombards Boilermakers, 15-5|
March 17, 2009
CHICAGO- Chris Rutta homered twice and drove in six runs, and the UIC baseball team scored seven times in a decisive third inning to overwhelm visiting Purdue, 15-5, at Les Miller Field on St. Patrick's Day.
Rutta went 3-for-4, while Steve McGuiggan had hits in his first four at-bats to finish 4-for-5 on the night for the Flames (3-11).
Rookie southpaw Michael Heesch tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless two-hit relief and fanned five to earn his first collegiate victory.
UIC scored five runs in the first two innings, but the Boilermakers (5-9) cut their deficit down to 5-3 by scoring twice in the top of the third.
The Flames answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Leonard led off with a double off of reliever Ryan Baker, and after Baker struck out the next two batters, Steven Humble hit an RBI single to right.
Rutta followed by demolishing the first pitch he saw, driving it over the left field wall for a two-run shot.
The Flames then scored four unearned runs as a result of three Purdue errors in that inning to put the game out of reach.
Rutta hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh for his first career multi-homer game.
UIC concludes its two-game midweek series against Purdue tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.