Baseball Throttles UW-Milwaukee, 13-2|
May 16, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago used a potent combination of an explosive offense along with a stingy pitching performance by freshman hurler Ryan Martin as the Flames cruised to the 13-2 Horizon League victory over UW-Milwaukee at Les Miller Field on Friday night.
Nine different UIC players picked up hits and eight of them knocked in RBI, while Martin picked up the complete-game six-hitter while striking out seven batters to keep his record flawless at 6-0 on the campaign.
With the victory, UIC improves to 34-14 overall and 14-4 in Horizon League action, needing one more win or one Butler loss to clinch the regular-season title for the second consecutive year. UWM falls to 23-22 on the campaign and 11-9 in league play.
Junior outfielder Mike Hughes led the Flames offensively as he went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer - his seventh of the season - along with two runs scored. Junior third baseman Nelson Gord also turned in an impressive effort as the Buffalo Grove, Ill., native went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
UIC took a 6-0 lead over the Panthers heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Bryan Russo (2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI) roped a one out single and advanced to second on a single by Gord.
Hughes stepped to the plate and connected for a wind-aided opposite field homer over the right-field fence to extend UIC's advantage to 9-0 and put the game out of reach for UWM.
Panthers' hurler Geoff Lefeber (4-5) was tagged with his fifth loss of the season as he gave up nine runs and 11 hits in six innings of work.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader, beginning at noon.