Baseball Blanks Toledo, 3-0
May 17, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago pitchers Ryan Martin, Travis Kempf and Jason Foster combined for the four-hit shutout over Toledo as the host Flames picked up the 3-0 non-conference victory, over the Rockets at Les Miller Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Martin (2-1) allowed one hit in six innings of work, while striking out two batters to earn the victory. Foster tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save of the season. Toledo starter Levi Curry (1-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings pitched.
With their fifth victory in a row, UIC improves to 34-18-1 overall, while the Rockets drop to 14-36 on the campaign.
UIC outfielders Shane Crowder and Larry Gempp Jr. each collected two hits on the afternoon to lead the Flames at the plate. Freshman first baseman Mark Hallberg went 0-for-3 on the afternoon, ending his team-best hitting streak at 23-games.
The Flames used a little, two-out magic in the fourth inning, as junior catcher Bryan Nolte drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Gempp.
Nolte scored on a RBI single by senior shortstop Mike Bruszer, narrowly beating the throw of Toledo right fielder Joel Visser, giving UIC the 1-0 lead over the Rockets. Bruszer advanced to second on the throw, beating Toledo catcher Nick Lance's relay. On the throw to second, Gempp rounded third and scored, giving the Flames the 2-0 advantage.
The Flames added an insurance run in the seventh inning, as Gempp roped a leadoff double and moved to third on a Bruszer sacrifice bunt. Senior third baseman Jeff Gremley plated Gempp with a safety squeeze bunt, extending UIC's lead to 3-0.
UIC will be back in action on Wednesday evening, as they will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on the University of Iowa at 6:05 p.m. (CST).