Baseball Whitewashes Butler, 9-0
May 24, 2003
Dayton, Ohio - University of Illinois at Chicago freshman pitcher Ryan Martin (7-0) tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout while setting a career-high and Horizon League Tournament record with 13 strikeouts to lead the Flames to the 9-0 victory over Butler at Wright State's Nischwitz Stadium on Saturday morning.
With the victory, UIC improves to 38-16 on the season and advances to the Championship contest at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Sunday afternoon for the automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. Butler falls to 33-26 and moves to the loser's bracket against the winner of the Cleveland State/Youngstown State contest tonight at 5:30 p.m. (CST).
Junior right fielder Mike Hughes led UIC offensively as the Hoffmann Estates, Ill., native went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while senior catcher Kevin Nelson went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer to pace the Flames attack.
Butler starter Josh Rudolfi (4-4) was tagged with the loss, despite facing only one batter - which came around to score - before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.
UIC got on the board in the first inning as Hughes singled up the middle off of Rudolfi. Rudolfi left the game with the injury, bringing in Butler reliever Ryan Chenoweth into the game.
UIC put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth inning as they scored six unearned runs, highlighted by Nelson's three-run shot, to take a 7-0 lead over the Bulldogs.