Baseball Beats Butler, 6-3
April 20, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind.- Zach Peterson struck out a season-high eight batters in seven innings of work, and David Cales shut the door for a league-best ninth time as the UIC baseball team beat Butler, 6-3, at Bulldog Park on Friday afternoon.
Nick Rainwater went 4-for-5 and hit his first homer of the season with an inside-the-park round-tripper for the Flames (19-13, 10-3 Horizon League).
UIC went ahead right off the bat in the top of the first. After consecutive singles by Rainwater and Jake Carr and a wild pitch unleashed by Bulldog starter Jon Dages, Larry Gempp Jr. grounded out to second to plate Rainwater for the game's first run. An error at third on a Ben Trotter grounder allowed Carr to score and put UIC up 2-0.
That's how the score would stay until the bottom of the fourth, when a bloop single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs for Colin Ziegel, who launched a Peterson offering over the head of Gempp in center for a double to clear the bags and put Butler (12-23, 5-13 Horizon League) ahead, 3-2.
The Flames knotted the game in the next half-inning. Gempp and Trotter led off with back-to-back singles and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt executed by Cales. Another wild toss by Dages gave Gempp enough time to score and even the game at 3-3.
With two out in the top of the sixth Rainwater lifted a deep fly ball to left that eluded the glove of left fielder Tony Barnes, who crashed into the wall and fell to the ground to allow a hustling Rainwater enough time to round the bases for an inside-the-park home run and put the Flames back ahead by a run.
Peterson regained his form following the fourth, allowing just two singles and fanning three in his final three innings of work. The senior right-hander ended his outing with a strikeout of Dustin Bucalo to end the seventh.
UIC added some insurance in the top of the ninth when Butler reliever Evan DePotter hit Tyler Moore with the bases loaded to drive in a run. Another run was added after DePotter walked Chris Rutta a batter later.
Cales entered the game in the eighth and struck out four, including the side in the eighth, to pick up the save and tie David Haehnel for second in the school single-season saves list.
UIC and Butler cap the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Central.