Defensive Miscues Haunt Baseball As Butler Earns 10-6 Victory
May 7, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Momma said that there would be days like this.
The University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team committed a season-high, eight errors, which led to five unearned runs, as Butler picked up the 10-6 Horizon League victory at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
Butler second baseman Justin McKinley led the Bulldogs offensively, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored, including the game-winning three-run homer off of UIC reliever Charlie Hahn (2-4) in the top of the seventh inning.
That homer ended the UIC pitching staff's streak of 19.2 innings pitched without giving up an earned run.
With the victory, Butler improves to 21-21 overall and 8-5 in Horizon League action, while the Flames fall to 28-15 on the season and 9-4 in conference play.
Butler starter Craig Costello (6-4) picked up the victory for the Bulldogs, allowing five runs, four earned, while striking out five batters in seven innings of work. Sophomore reliever Luke Behning picked up his sixth save of the season, allowing one run and three hits in two innings.
Sophomore designated hitter Ted Rosinski (2-for-3, 2 runs) attempted a sacrifice bunt that Bulldogs' third baseman Jeff Brown fielded and threw into left field, allowing both Crowder and Gord to score. Rosinski moved to third base on the play.
Junior left fielder Justin Johnson then plated Rosinski with a RBI double, giving the Flames the 3-0 lead.
Butler tied it up in the top of the fifth inning, as Brown stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two out. He lofted a flyball into left-center field, Crowder and right fielder J.P. Moran collided, forcing the ball loose, allowing all three runners to score.
The Flames broke up the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Rosinski opened the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Stephen Gill. Senior catcher Mike Hughes drove in Rosinski with a RBI single, moved to second on the throw home, giving UIC the 4-3 lead.
Costello promptly uncorked two wild pitches, allowing Hughes the score, giving UIC the 5-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs tied it up at five apiece, in the top of the sixth as they took advantage of three errors by the Flames. Right fielder Dale Mueller (groundout) and catcher Joe Dempsey (sac fly) recorded the RBI for Butler.
Senior shortstop Jordan DeVoir also chipped in two hits and scored a run for the Flames on Friday night.
Both teams will be back in action with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m.