Baseball's Gene Rausch Earns MCC Pitcher Of The Week Accolades
May 14, 2001
Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago's Gene Rausch (Kasson, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville) has been selected as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week it was announced earlier today. Rausch is the fourth Flames' pitcher to be honored this season.
In his ninth start of the season on Sunday, Rausch turned in a dominating performance on the mound against the Detroit Titans en route to his fourth win of the year, a 2-1 victory. A junior southpaw, Rausch struck out a career-high 15 batters, including the first six of the afternoon, and was just three K's shy of matching a school record set by Joe Host against Northeastern Illinois on April 26, 1993.
Rausch was untouchable much of the outing and had a perfect game going into the seventh inning and a no-hitter heading into the eighth. A walk in the seventh, however, thwarted the perfect game while a pair of hits in the eighth, which led to Detroit's only run, were the Titans' only other baserunners.
With the outing, Rausch lowered his season ERA to 7.06 while opponents are now batting .274 against him. He and his teammates will be the #2 seed at the MCC Tournament, which starts Thursday, May 17, at UIC's Les Miller Field. The Flames (30-26) meet #5 Cleveland State in the first round at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.