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Sunday - February 22, 2009

Game 4: Illinois-Chicago at Texas

Texas completed a four-game sweep of the UIC Flames today, winning 1-0. Both teams struggled to get hits early in the game. Texas finally put a 3-hit rally together in the 6th to score the only run of the game.

The line:

RHE
UIC 000 000 000 - 030
Texas 000 001 00x - 170

Brandon Workman threw a perfect game through the first 5.2 innings of the game. It was a thing of beauty. Alas, with two out (on great catches by Connor Rowe and Tant Shepherd in cf and lf), McGuiggan hit a grounder to deep ss. David Hernandez made a valiant effort to field and get the ball to Brandon Belt covering 1b but just couldn't get the ball there. End of perfect game. Workman went on to get the next four batters out in order. The first batter of the 8th managed to hit a single into rf which prompted a pitching change. Workman ended up going 7+ innings. He faced 23 batters, gave up 2 singles, with 7 strikeouts, no walks, and no hit batters. Wow. Austin Wood replaced Workman on the mound and got his first save of the season. He did give up a walk in the 8th and a single in the 9th but preserved the lead for the Horns.

The Horns threatened to score in the 5th but couldn't quite get it done. In the 6th, with one out, Brandon Loy singled through the right side. He moved to 2b on a balk by the UIC starter (Adam Worthington, who also pitched a very good game) and then scored on a double by Brandon Belt to the cf/rf gap. Michael Torres (dh, replacing Preston Clark in the line-up for today's game) followed with an infield single. The UIC second baseman made a great play to stop the ball behind 2b and keep Belt from scoring. The rally was brought to an abrupt end when Cameron Rupp grounded into the 3rd double play of the day turned by the Flames.

I have to say I was rather surprised at the efforts put forth by both of the pitching staffs today. You really don't expect that sort of performance on the 4th game played in 3 days...by any team. Much less by teams playing their 4th games of a brand new season. It was impressive. And, I really do hope the Horns can keep it up. It's awfully early in the season but our pitching staff is looking really good. I hope I'm not jinxing anything by point that out!

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 11:28 PM