April 5, 2008

UIC Spoils Butler's Comeback, As Flames Hold On For 13-Inning Win

April 5, 2008

Game One Box Score | Game Two Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - Butler rallied from a three-run, ninth-inning deficit to force extra innings in the night-cap of a double-header at UIC, but the Flames would get the winning mark across in the bottom of the 13th to claim a 7-6 decision on Saturday (April 5) afternoon at Les Miller Field. The Bulldogs would come up short in the opening contest of the twin-bill, falling 11-6.

Trailing by three in the top of the ninth, the Bulldogs used four hits and a sacrifice fly to bring the game back to even at 6-6.

Jason Jamerson led off the frame with a single through the right side. After Luke Duncan ran for Jamerson at first, Alex Montagano came off the bench and lined a single to right to put Bulldogs on first and second for a pinch-hitting Michael Letzter, who roped a 0-2 pitch back up the middle to plate Duncan and move Montagano to second.

A ground-out by Rick Betsch moved the runners up a base for Joe Pauley, who drove a sac fly to center to bring Montagano in and cut the Flames' lead down to one.

With two down, Kyle McLaughlin stepped into the box as the third pinch hitter of the inning and lined the first pitch he saw to left center to drive in Letzter and tie the game at 6-6.

The game would remain deadlocked until the 13th, when UIC would string together three-straight one-out singles, including the game-winning, RBI hit to right center by Jason Ganek, to end the game in the Flame's favor.

Butler took an early 3-0 lead in the game with solo runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Nate Hart got the scoring started with an RBI single in the opening frame before a run scoring single by Colin Ziegel and an RBI double by Brian Bajer put the Bulldogs ahead by three.

UIC would come right back, however, getting an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth before jumping on Butler relievers for two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth take a 6-3 advantage into the ninth inning before the Bulldogs responded.

Starting pitcher Ryan Kruszka put together another strong outing on the mound, allowing just one unearned run on three hits in six innings of work.

In the opener, UIC rapped out 15 hits in tallying runs in all but one inning of the contest.

Butler jumped ahead early, putting a two-spot on the board in the first inning. After Betsch reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame, Letzter followed with a single to center to put runners on first and second. Kyle Schultz came to the plate two batters later and roped a two-run double to the gap in left center for an early lead.

UIC cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning, plating a run on a sacrifice fly to right, before jumping ahead in the second on a two-run home run by Andy Leonard.

After the Flames added a run in the third to go ahead 4-2, Butler brought the game back to even in the fourth on a two-out, two-run double to right center by Betsch, plating Jamerson and Hart from second and first, respectively.

UIC regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single before scoring two runs in each of the next three innings to take an 11-4 advantage. Butler would trim the shortcoming to five with two runs in the eighth, coming on a two-run homer by Ziegel, but the Bulldogs could get no closer.

Butler returns home to host Indiana Tech on Tuesday (April 8) beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Bulldog Park.