Baseball Cruises Past Northwestern, 9-3

Senior catcher Mike Hughes broke the school-record for triples with eight three-baggers on Tuesday night.
Senior catcher Mike Hughes broke the school-record for triples with eight three-baggers on Tuesday night.

May 11, 2004

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago Head Coach Mike Dee and his troops continued their recent run of success versus Big Ten opponents as the Flames rolled to the 9-3 non-conference victory over the Northwestern at Les Miller Field on Tuesday evening.

With the win, Dee improves his career mark to 15-4 against Big Ten opponents. Earlier this season, the Flames swept a three-game series from Michigan.

With the victory, UIC improves to 32-15, while the Wildcats drop to 22-23-1 on the campaign.

Senior catcher and reigning Horizon League Player of the Week, Mike Hughes led the Flames offensively, going 3-for-4 with a homer, his 12th of the season, and three RBI. Hughes also connected for his eighth triple of the season, breaking the previous school-record of seven three-baggers, set by Dave Heinzl in 1976.

Senior first baseman Nelson Gord was solid offensively, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI.

Senior right-hander Marcus Goodman (4-1) picked up the victory for the Flames, allowing two hits and striking out two batters in three innings of work. Northwestern starter Dan Konecny (4-7) was tagged with the loss, allowing three hits and two runs in two innings.

UIC opened up the scoring in the second inning, as designated hitter Justin Johnson led off with frame with a walk and moved to second on a single by Gord. Both runners moved over a base on a wild pitch by Konecny, setting the stage for a pair of RBI groundouts by shortstop Jordan DeVoir and third baseman Brad Ryan, giving the Flames the 2-0 lead.

UIC tacked on another run in the bottom of the third as Hughes led off the frame with a homer, extending the Flames' lead to 3-0.



Northwestern stormed back in the fourth inning, as outfielder Anthony Wycklendt (2-for-4, run, 3 RBI) roped a two-run single off of UIC reliever Zach Peterson, narrowing the Flames advantage to 3-2.

UIC put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, as the Flames pushed across four runs during the frame. Northwestern reliever Caleb Fields balked home Gord to begin the Flames' scoring.

The Flames tacked on three more runs as Ryan connected for a RBI double and Hughes blasted a two-run triple off of the centerfield wall, extending the Flames' advantage to 7-2.

UIC continued the offensive onslaught in the bottom of the seventh, as Gord plated left fielder Ted Rosinski with a RBI single, pushing the Flames ahead, 8-2. Rosinski helped the Flames' cause in the eighth with a RBI single of his own, giving UIC the 9-2 lead.

Wycklendt tacked on a solo homer in the ninth inning to end the scoring for the Wildcats.

UIC will be back in action on Friday evening, as they will travel to Ohio to square off with Youngstown State at 6:00 p.m.