Butler Uses Timely Hitting To Defeat UIC, 8-3
April 12, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - Friday's Horizon League contest between the Butler and the University of Illinois at Chicago showcased two of the nation's finest pitchers in Bulldogs' hurler John Corcoran and Flames' right-hander Larry Banks.
Corcoran entered the game with a record of 6-1 and the ninth-best ERA in the country at 1.34, while Banks is 13th in the country with an ERA of 1.38.
Corcoran and Butler, however, got the best of Banks and UIC as the Bulldogs earned an 8-3 victory at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
With the victory, Butler improves to 19-10 on the season and 3-2 in the Horizon League, while UIC falls to 20-7 and 2-3 in league play.
Corcoran went the distance as he scattered 10 hits, issued five walks and allowed three runs to earn the complete-game victory. Banks took the loss after giving up 11 hits and allowing eight runs, six earned, in 5 1/3 innings of work to drop to 6-3 on the campaign.
Butler also benefited from some timely hitting as five of the Bulldogs' runs were scored with two outs in the inning.
Butler centerfielder Dale Mueller led the Bulldogs as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while first baseman Ryan Nance went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Butler jumped on Banks in a hurry in the first inning as they took a 2-0 lead on back-to-back RBI singles from David Carr (2-for-5) and Paul Beck (2-for-4, run).
UIC cut the lead in half at 2-1 in the bottom of the frame as senior centerfielder John Rosner ripped an RBI single.
The Flames tied it up in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore designated hitter Mike Lorenzo took a Corcoran offering over the left field wall for a solo homer, his second of the season.
Butler bounced back in the top of the third and scored two unearned runs to give them a 4-2 lead over UIC and the Flames would come no closer.
Senior centerfielder John Rosner (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette) led UIC offensively as he was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while teammates Curtis Granderson and Andy Deahl each picked up two baseknocks for the Flames.
UIC and Butler will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at Les Miller Field as a part of a doubleheader, which will begin at 1:05 P.M.