Baseball Walks Away With 8-7 Come-From-Behind Victory Over Butler
May 9, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Senior centerfielder Shane Crowder cleared the bases with a walk-off, bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth inning capping off a furious four-run rally to push the Flames past the visiting Butler Bulldogs, 8-7, at Les Miller Field on Sunday.
With the victory, the Flames move to 31-15 and 12-4 in Horizon League play, while Butler drops to 21-24 and 8-8 in league action.
Trailing 7-5, the Flames opened the ninth by getting their first three batters on base, thanks to walks to Nelson Gord and Brad Ryan and a single by Jordan DeVoir. After J.P. Moran was called out on strikes, Crowder stepped up to the plate and belted a laser into left center past the outstretched arms of leftfielder Jason Combs.
Crowder led the way with three RBIs, while Ted Rosinski and DeVoir plated across two runs apiece.
UIC started off the longball trend in the first inning, as senior outfielder Mike Hughes (3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI) led off the game with a solo homer, his 11th of the season. DeVoir (3-for-5, 2 RBI) also added a two-run double in the frame, giving the Flames the 3-0 lead.
The Flames added a run in the bottom of the second inning as Rosinski (2-for-4 2 RBI) roped a RBI single. UIC loaded the bases with two outs in the frame, chasing Butler starter Jim Knytych from the game, bringing Hornbach into the contest.
DeVoir roped a shot to right field that Mueller caught over the wall, saving a grand slam and ending the UIC threat.
Butler scored a run in the third inning, and flexed their offensive muscle in the sixth and seventh innings, tallying six runs - including the homers by Mueller, Deeb and Combs, giving the Bulldogs a 7-4 lead.
The Flames tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Rosinski posted a RBI single. Junior first baseman Justin Johnson followed with an infield single, but the threat was ended as Bryan Russo was thrown out at home after trying to score from second base.
Butler's Dale Mueller and Clayton Deeb each posted solo shots for the Bulldogs, while teammate Jason Combs added a two-run homer on the afternoon.
UIC will be back in action on Tuesday evening, as they will host Northwestern at 7:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.