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Saturday - February 21, 2009

Game 2: Illinois-Chicago at Texas

The Horns had a double-header (a 7-inning game followed by a 9-inning game) against the UIC Flames scheduled for today. The Horns won the first game 10-1. The line:

UIC 000 100 0 - 113
Texas 511 210 x - 1091

Nice, eh? I thought so. The only problem? Yesterday's beautiful weather was replaced with a cold wind from the north today. The temperature was in the high 50s all day. But, that stiff wind from the north made it rather miserable for us in the stands. Brrr....

Freshman Taylor Jungmann pitched the first 6 innings, giving up the one run on 1 hit (yes, just one hit in 6 innings), with 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 1 hit batter. The one run was scored in the 4th like so: (1) Altavilla, 2b, reached on a full-count walk; (2) Carr, lf, grounded out to ss; (3) Schaefer, dh, grounded out to the pitcher, moving Altavilla to 2b; and (4) Ganek, 3b, doubled to the rf corner, scoring Altavilla.

Andrew McKirahan, another Freshman, pitched the 7th (3-up/3-down) for the Horns with a couple of ground outs and a strikeout. Nice.

Offensively, the Horns scored at least one run in every inning but the 6th. Cool. In the first: (1) Travis Tucker, 2b, walked (full count). (2) Brandon Loy, 3b, reached on a bunt single down the 3b line, moving Tucker to 2b. (3) Brandon Belt, 1b, singled to lf to load the bases. (4) Cameron Rupp, c, singled to the cf/rf gap, scoring Tucker and Loy. The outfielder made a bad throw in and as it rolled passed the middle infielders, Belt saw that nobody was going to get to the ball so he broke for home and easily scored on the error. (5) Tant Shepherd, lf, doubled down the lf line, moving Rupp to 3b. (6) Kevin Keyes, rf, singled off the shortstop's glove into lf, scoring Rupp and Shepherd. On the play, Keyes tried to stretch his single into a double but didn't make it for the first out of the inning. (7) Preston Clark, dh, singled into lf, again off the shortstop's glove! (8) David Hernandez, ss, popped out to the shortstop in shallow cf. (9) Connor Rowe, cf, grounded out to the pitcher. Whew.

In the second, Tucker led off with a double to lf. He advanced to 3b on a sac bunt and then later scored on a sac fly by Rupp. In the 3rd, Keyes led things off with a monster shot to lf. Alas, that stiff north wind kept the ball in the park. If it had been yesterday, that ball might have landed on the Texas Press building. It was monstrous. Alas...that's baseball. A couple of batters later, with one out on the board, Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice, stole 2b, and then scored on a single by Rowe.

The 4th went like so: Loy grounded out to the pitcher. Belt walked on 5 pitches and moved to 2b on a ground out to 3b by Rupp. Shepherd was hit by the first pitch he saw. Keyes singled through the left side, scoring Belt and moving Shepherd to 3b. Hernandez reached on an error by 3b, scoring Shepherd. On the play, the UIC third baseman made a beautiful diving stop, jumped up, and gunned the ball to 1b. He pulled the first baseman off the bag, though, for the error. Rowe flew out to lf for the final out of the inning.

In the 5th, Tucker reached and moved to 2b on a throwing error by ss. He then advanced to 3b on a passed ball and scored on a sac fly by Loy. The 6th proved to be the only 1-2-3 inning for the Texas offense.

Again, a really nice game for the Horns. I'll be back shortly with a game report for the 2nd game of the double header.

Posted by Joanna at 9:55 PM