Senior leftfielder Rob Fischer is hitting .402 with 27 RBI.
April 4, 2001
Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois Baseball team completed a midweek sweep of Western Michigan with a 10-3 win over the Broncos this afternoon at Illinois Field. Illinois (15-12) got a 3-for-5, 4 RBI day from Rob Fischer and a 3-for-4, 3 run day from Andy Schutzenhofer to help complete the sweep, IllinoisÕ first of the season.
Illinois got on the board early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning in a one-out rally started by shortstop T.F. Meagher. Meagher scored from first on a double off the bat of Schutzenhofer, who came around with the second run on a double one batter later off the bat of Fischer, who then scored himself on a Luke Simmons single.
Illini starter Josh Gold (1-5) gave up a single run in tehe second to temporarily make it a 3-1 game, but the Illini offense got three more runs for Gold in the third when Meagher and Schutzenhofer reached base on consecutive leadoff singles and scored when Rob Fischer doubled down the rightfield line. Fischer would go ahead and score on the same play as the WMU right fielder threw the ball away trying to throw Fischer out as he advanced to third while Schutzenhofer came home.
Illinois added four insurance runs in the seventh in a rally again started by Meagher and Schutzenhofer, who this time led off the inning with back-to-back walks. They scored on Fischer and Simmons singles, respectively, and Fischer and Simmons both came home on a throwing error by the WMU second baseman three batters later.
That was more than Gold would need. The junior picked up his first win in an Illini uniform, throwing eight complete innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. In the ninth Gold gave way to Jeff Gertz who threw a scoreless ninth, retiring the side in order, in his first collegiate pitching appearance.
WMU starter Josh Clark (1-1) suffered the loss. He threw three plus innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits. Clark walked one and struck out one.
Illinois travels to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow for a four-game Big Ten Conference series against Ohio State starting on Friday.