Baseball Rallies For 9-5 Extra-Inning Win Over Butler In Eight Innings
April 30, 2005
Indianapolis, Ind. - With the score tied at four in the top of the eighth inning, the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball squad tallied five runs off of Butler reliever Patrick Feeney, highlighted by a two-run double from junior designated hitter Ted Rosinski, as the visiting Flames picked up the 9-5 Horizon League extra-inning victory over the Bulldogs in Game One of their doubleheader at Bulldog Park on Saturday afternoon.
UIC junior catcher Bryan Nolte paced the Flames' offensive attack, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg collected three hits on the afternoon, including two runs and a RBI.
With the victory, UIC improves to 23-16-1 on the campaign and 5-5 in Horizon League play, while the host Bulldogs fall to 13-25 overall and 1-5 in conference action.
UIC reliever Jason Foster (6-6) picked up the victory for the Flames, allowing one run and three hits in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen. Feeney (0-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs and four hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The fireworks began in the eighth inning, when Feeney plunked senior right fielder Shane Crowder with a pitch to open the frame. Crowder moved over to second base on a bunt single from senior second baseman Mike Bruszer and scored on a RBI single from Hallberg, giving the Flames the 5-4 lead.
Bruszer moved to third on the play and scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore center fielder Larry Gempp Jr., extending the Flames' advantage to 6-4. Hallberg moved over to second base on the play.
Feeney plunked junior leftfielder Bart Babineaux (1-for-4, 2 runs, RBI) for his second hit-batsman of the inning, bringing Rosinski to the plate. Rosinski drove in the duo with a two-run double to right-center field pushing the Flames' ahead, 8-4. Nolte added an insurance run with a RBI single to center, scoring Rosinski and giving UIC the 9-4 lead.
Butler held a 4-3 lead over the Flames in the seventh inning, and looked to have won the game as junior designated hitter Ben Trotter rolled a two-out grounder to Bulldogs' shortstop Stephen Gill. Gill, however, threw the ball away, allowing Gempp to score from second base, tying the game up at four.
Butler senior outfielder Dale Mueller led the Bulldogs' offensively, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while first baseman Matt Martino (RBI, run), second baseman Joe Pauley (2 RBI) and Robby Santoni (RBI) each collected two hits for the Bulldogs.