Richmond Eliminates Baseball With 5-0 Whitewash
May 31, 2003
Palo Alto, Calif. - Richmond pitcher Mike McGirr tossed a complete-game eight-hit shutout, while striking out seven batters to help propel the Spiders to the 5-0 NCAA Regional victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago at Stanford's Sunken Diamond on Saturday afternoon.
UIC is eliminated with the loss and finishes the season with a mark of 39-18. Richmond advances in the losers bracket and will take on the loser of today's matchup between Stanford and UC-Riverside at 9:00 p.m. (CST).
"I think it's a new experience for the kids and a new level of pressure," UIC head coach Mike Dee said. "Hopefully we'll be back here a year from now, better prepared to handle it."
Richmond catcher Adam Tidbill (2-for-3, 3 RBI) provided the crushing blow for the Spiders in the top of the fifth inning as he connected for a 3-run homer of UIC starter Ryan Martin to put the game out of reach for the Flames.
Martin (7-1) took his first loss of the season as the Missoula, Mont., native allowed five runs, eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Senior reliever Eric Xidis was impressive in relief as he tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, while tying a career-high with six strikeouts.
Richmond got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning as Spiders' rightfielder Vito Chiaravallotti reached base on a fielding error by third baseman Nelson Gord and moved over to second on a throwing error by Martin on a failed pickoff attempt.
The Spiders loaded the bases as Tidball drew a walk and shortstop David Reaver reached on a bunt single. Richmond third baseman David Thomas stepped to the plate and roped a two-run single to put the Spiders ahead, 2-0.
Richmond used a little two-out magic in the top of the fifth inning as first baseman Jim Fasano drew a walk and moved to third on a ground ball single through the right side by Chiaravallotti.
Tidball stepped to the plate a connected for a three-run homer over the left-field wall, to extend the Spiders' lead to 5-0. It was the first homer that Martin had surrendered all season.
UIC junior shortstop Jordan DeVoir extended his team-season high hitting streak to 17-games with a single in the bottom of the ninth.