Baseball Throttles Chicago State, 19-0, In Home Opener
March 26, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Junior second baseman Bryan Russo went 6-for-6 with five runs scored, three doubles and a RBI to help lift the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team to the 19-0 non-conference victory over Chicago State in the Flames' home-opener at Les Miller Field on Friday afternoon.
The five runs scored was a Les Miller Field record. The previous record of four was set five times, most recently by senior third baseman Nelson Gord against Trinity International on April 16, 2003. Russo also tied the Les Miller Field record with the three two-baggers.
For the game, UIC torched Chicago State pitching for 16 hits, including three homers. Every starter recorded at least one RBI on the afternoon.
Senior right fielder Mike Hughes (4 RBI) launched his team-best sixth long ball in the bottom of the seventh inning, while junior catcher Justin Johnson and senior first baseman Brad Ryan each connected for their first homers of the season and recorded three RBI apiece.
UIC improves to 9-8 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 1-18 overall.
The Flames were solid on the mound as well, as freshman right-hander Ryan Zink (3-1) tossed a complete-game three-hitter and struck out eight batters, marking the first complete-game of the season for UIC. Cougars' starter Aaron Lang took the loss for Chicago State, falling to 0-2 on the campaign.
Both teams will do battle again on Saturday afternoon, with a twin-bill, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.