Baseball Shutout By Youngstown State In Pitcher's Dual, 1-0

Junior starter Ryan Gehring struck out six Penguins while giving up just five hits on Saturday.
Junior starter Ryan Gehring struck out six Penguins while giving up just five hits on Saturday.

May 15, 2004

Box Score

Niles, Ohio- In a complete turnaround from last night's 11-8 slugfest between the University of Illinois at Chicago baseball team and Youngstown State University, the visiting Flames and the host Penguins combined for one run and eight hits on Saturday night at a soggy Eastwood Field.

Unfortunately for UIC, the result was the same as the Flames wasted an outstanding outing from junior starter Ryan Gehring to lose a 1-0 pitching dual.

The Flames fall to 32-17 overall and 12-6 in Horizon League play, while the Penguins improve to 17-27 and 6-9 in league action.

The Penguins scored the sole run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adam Cox led off the frame with a single, then advanced all the way to third after a throwing error by centerfielder Shane Crowder. Brian Boone's RBI single moved Cox home and broke the scoreless tie.

That was all Youngstown State would need as Penguins starter Chris Dennis (1-7) turned in a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 13 Flames hitters while stranding all seven UIC runners that he allowed on base.

Gehring (7-5) was the tough-luck losing pitcher despite allowing an unearned run and only five hits, striking out six along the way.

Senior leftfielder Mike Hughes was the only hitter to reach base three times for UIC, turning in a 1-for-2 day at the plate while walking twice from his leadoff spot. All other Flames batters went a combined 2-for-25 (.080).

Saturday's scheduled doubleheader between UIC and YSU was delayed by rain for a little over six hours, forcing the two squads to finish the final two games of the series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.