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Saturday - February 21, 2009

Game 3: Illinois-Chicago at Texas

The second game of today's double-header was a lot closer than the first two. The game was tied at 1-1 for a long time but the Horns pulled it off in the end and won 3-1. Good times at Disch-Falk!

The line:

UIC 000 100 000 - 131
Texas 100 000 02x - 3100

Cole Green got the start for the Horns and pitched a solid 7 innings...including five (!) 1-2-3 innings. Very nice. He gave up 1 run on 3 hits (including 2 doubles) with 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and 1 hit batter. Alas, the game was tied at 1 when he was replaced so he left with no decision. Austin Wood pitched the final two innings of the game. He threw two 1-2-3 innings with 1 strikeout and came away with the win.

Texas has scored at least 1 run in the first inning in all three games against UIC. In today's late game, with 2 out in the first, Brandon Belt drew a full-count walk. He moved to 2b when Cameron Rupp singled through the left side. Tant Shepherd then singled up the middle, scoring Belt and moving Rupp to 3b. Sadly, Kevin Keyes grounded out to 3b to end the rally. The Flames tied things up in the 4th on the strength of three 2-out hits. By the way, the first out of the inning would've made ESPN's highlight reel if they'd been playing on TV today. On the play, Schaefer hit a hard grounder up the middle. Travis Tucker charged hard to the hole and caught up to the ball. There was no way he could stop, turn, and make the throw to 1b, though. Realizing this, he fielded the ball and flicked it to David Hernandez (with his glove hand). Hernandez, about 6 feet away, scooped up the toss and gunned the ball to Brandon Belt covering 1b for the out. Wow!!! It was a beautiful play.

Going into the 8th, the Horns had stranded a runner in scoring position in every inning but the 2nd. In the 8th, with the game tied at 1-1, Shepherd reached on an infield single to 2b and then advanced to 2b when Keyes reached on a 5-pitch walk. That prompted a pitching change by the Flames. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt down the 3b line by Preston Clark. With the infield pulled in, David Hernandez singled to cf, scoring Shepherd and Keyes. Hernandez, expecting the throw from the outfield to go home, got caught in a run-down between 1b and 2b and was tagged out. Kyle Lusson grounded out to 2b to end the inning.

So, the Horns win 3-1. I have to say, I'm very happy with the way the Horns have played their first three games. They've had solid pitching and fielding and are doing very well at the plate. Here's hoping that trend continues.

Hook 'em, Horns!

Posted by Joanna at 10:55 PM