Butler Stymies Baseball, 5-1
April 11, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler hurler Aaron Phillips tossed a complete-game, four-hitter and struck out eight batters to lead the host Bulldogs to the 5-1 Horizon League victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago in a battle for first-place at Bulldog Field on Friday afternoon.
UIC sophomore left-hander Ryan Gehring (4-2) took the complete-game loss for the Flames, scattering 11 hits and allowing five runs.
With the victory, Butler improves to 19-14 overall and 5-0 in the Horizon League, while the Flames drop to 15-11 and 4-1 in league play.
UIC got on the board in the bottom of the second inning, as junior right fielder Mike Hughes reached on a fielding error by Butler second baseman Jeff Brown with two outs. Hughes advanced to third on a single by senior catcher Kevin Nelson and scored on another single by senior designated hitter Weber Bowen to put the Flames ahead, 1-0.
Butler bounced back in the bottom of the fourth inning as senior shortstop Jared Lowe opened up the frame with a triple and scored on a single by catcher Tim Marks (3-for-4, RBI), to knot the game up at 1-apiece. The run ended Gehring's streak of 25.2 innings with out giving up an earned run.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore Dale Mueller roped a two-out single and advanced to second on a Gehring balk. Butler designated hitter Paul Beck then plated Mueller with a RBI single to left field to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 advantage.
Butler added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning as junior center fielder Matt Crews pushed a bunt single past Gehring to open the frame. Brown moved Crews over to second base with a sacrifice bunt.
Sophomore left fielder Jonathan Day pushed Crews home with a RBI single to left field to extend Butler's lead to 3-1.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as first baseman Ryan Nance roped a RBI double, while Marks scored on a fielding error by UIC third baseman Nelson Gord.
Butler and UIC will square off again on Saturday afternoon, with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.