Baseball Pounds Butler, 11-4
April 13, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. - Senior designated hitter Chuck Peters and junior first baseman Brad Ryan went a combined six-for-nine with seven RBI to help lead the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team to the 11-4 Horizon League victory over Butler at Bulldog Park on Sunday afternoon.
Peters went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a pair of doubles, while Ryan was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to pace the Flames offensively.
With the victory, UIC improves to 17-12 overall and moves into a first-place tie with Butler with a record of 6-2 in Horizon League action, while the Bulldogs fall to 20-16 on the campaign.
Freshman John Flood scattered seven hits and allowed four runs in six innings of work to improve his record to 3-1 on the campaign, while Butler starter Tony Hornbach was tagged with the loss, surrendering six hits and five runs in 1.1 innings of work.
UIC sophomore left-hander David Haehnel pitched three scoreless innings and struck out two batters to pick up his Horizon League leading fourth save.
UIC jumped all over Hornbach in the top of the first inning as Peters drove in Mike Hughes (double) from second base with a RBI single up the middle to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
UIC tacked on two more runs in that frame as Ryan plated Peters with a two-run homer, his second of the season, to extend the Flames' advantage to 3-0.
The Flames knocked out Hornbach in the top of the second as Bryan Russo connected for a one-out single. Third baseman Nelson Gord followed with a single to right field, Russo advanced to third on the play and scored on a throwing error by Butler outfielder Dale Mueller. Gord advanced to third on the play and scored on a RBI single by center fielder J.P. Carey, giving UIC the 5-0 lead.
Carey stole second and advanced to third on a single by Hughes. The Flames attempted a double-steal, but Carey was caught, allowing Hughes to move to third on the play with two outs. Peters finished off the scoring in the inning with a RBI double, pushing the Flames' lead to 6-0.
Butler quickly answered in the bottom of the second inning, as Flood put the first two runners on, setting the stage for a three -run homer by third baseman Jeff Albert, cutting UIC's lead to 6-3. Bulldogs' second baseman Justin McKinley followed suit with a solo-shot over the left field fence to narrow the lead to 6-4.
UIC used a little two-out magic in the top of the fourth inning as Carey and Hughes each drew a pair of walks from Butler reliever Mike Tomaszewski. Peters came through again with a two-run double, and later scored on a Ryan two-bagger to give the Flames the 9-4 lead.
The Flames tagged on two more runs as Hughes (double) and junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir (single) each recorded RBI for the final score of 11-4.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday evening, as they will host Trinity International at 7:00 p.m. at Les Miller Field.