March 15, 2003
Edinburg, Texas - The University of Illinois baseball team continued action at the University of Texas-Pan American Al Ogletree Classic against the Texas Pan-American Broncs with a 4-0 shutout victory Saturday evening. The Illini improve to 5-1 on the season, while the Broncs fall to 11-13.
"We got excellent pitching and defense again tonight," said Illinois head coach Richard 'Itch' Jones. "Ted Rowe was superb for us tonight, he was a big reason we won the game. This was an excellent college baseball game, we were fortunate to come out on top tonight."
The Illini got on the board first again Saturday night, just as they had in Friday's contest against Iona. Junior Joe Parenti reached on an infield single in the top of the sixth inning, and moved up to second on an Andy Schutzenhofer fielder's choice. Drew Davidson hit a hot smash to third for an infield single, which allowed Parenti to advance to third. Senior Brandon Cashman then plated Parenti on a sacrifice fly to shallow right field, giving the Illini a 1-0 lead.
Parenti had a hand in scoring the Illini's second run as well. After Dusty Bensko doubled to left center field with one out, Eric Eymann was hit by a pitch. Each moved up one base on an infield single by Sean Patrick, and with the bases loaded, Parenti then drove in Bensko after being hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count.
The Orange and Blue added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth, by way of a two-run pinch-hit homerun over the right field wall by junior reserve catcher Trevor Frederickson. The homerun was his first of the season and second of his career.
The Illini got a strong start out of junior Ted Rowe, just as they had Friday from Josh Lane. Rowe shut out the Broncs in seven and two-thirds innings of work, scattering five hits, while striking out eight Texas-Pan Am batters. Rowe threw 90 pitches, 57 of which were strikes. Closer Dave Mazurek earned the save in one and one-thirds innings of work, his first of the season.
The Illini complete action Sunday afternoon at the Al Ogletree Classic against Prairie View A&M at 12:00 P.M.