UW-Milwaukee Whitewashes Baseball, 9-0
May 25, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio - It was just too much Quintin Oldenburg for the University of Illinois at Chicago baseabll team on Saturday morning as the senior right-hander pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead UW-Milwaukee into the Horizon League Championship game with a 9-0 victory over the Flames at Jacobs Field.
With the victory, UW-Milwaukee improves its record to 35-18, while UIC (38-15) moves to the losers bracket and will take on the winner of the #4 Butler - #7 Detroit contest tonight at 4:00 P.M. (CST). The championship is set for 11:00 A.M. on Sunday morning.
Oldenburg, who struck out six batters on the day to improve his record to 9-2 on the season, while UIC right hander Larry Banks (Cicero, Ill./Nazareth) falls to 7-7 on the season.
UW-Milwaukee torched Banks for five runs in the top of the second inning as catcher John Vanden Berg reached base on an infield single to open up the frame and scored on a Steve Guden double down the left field line with one out.
Panthers' rightfielder Charlie Reschke extended UW-Milwaukee's lead to 3-0 as he launched a two-run homer, his second of the season, over the right field wall.
Banks then loaded the bases as he allowed a pair of singles to Shane Davis and Ben Beno and hit Troy Doering with a pitch. Second baseman Adam Christ then plated both Davis and Beno with a two-run single to put UW-Milwaukee ahead, 5-0.
UW-Milwaukee added another run in the top of the fifth inning as Banks plunked Vanden Berg to lead off the inning. Vandenberg advanced to third on a double by first baseman Dave Pudlosky and scored on a RBI single by Guden to extend the Panthers lead to 6-0.
UIC Head Coach Mike Dee then brought southpaw David Haehnel (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) in to relieve Banks. The first batter he faced, Reschke laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved both Pudlosky and Guden into scoring position.
Davis then drove in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly that plated Pudlosky and moved Guden over to third base. Guden then scored on a ground ball by Beno, which UIC third baseman Nelson Gord (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) fielded cleanly, but his throw pulled first baseman Andy Deahl (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) off the bag, allowing Guden to score and move the lead to 8-0.
UW-Milwaukee added another run in the top of the sixth inning as Pudlosky sent a grounder that went underneath Deahl's glove with two outs, allowing Christ to score from third base and give the Panthers' the 9-0 lead.