Baseball Blanks Northern Illinois, 3-0|
April 20, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago starting pitcher Tom Szalewski and reliever Scott Saling combined for a nine-hit shutout, the Flames' first of the season, as UIC earned the 3-0 non-conference victory over Northern Illinois at Les Miller Field on Wednesday night.
Szalewski (3-1) earned the victory for the Flames, scattering eight hits over seven innings, while fanning four batters. Saling held NIU to one hit over two innings to earn his second save of the season.
With the victory, UIC improves to 19-14-1, while the Huskies fall to 10-23 on the campaign.
UIC got on the board in the bottom of the second, as the Flames loaded the bases with one out for sophomore second baseman, Nick Rainwater. Rainwater drove in a run with a RBI groundout, giving the Flames a 1-0 advantage.
The Flames added two insurance runs in the seventh inning as Babineaux dropped a two-run single past the outstretched arms of NIU shortstop Greg Larsen, extending UIC's lead to 3-0.
Northern Illinois starter Matt Jernstad (0-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering two runs and six hits, while walking five batters and striking out seven.
NIU centerfielder Jeremy Busch and leftfielder Eric Sansouci each connected for two hits to lead the Huskies at the plate.
UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will begin a three-game series with IPFW, beginning at 7:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.