April 30, 2003
Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois baseball team batted around three times in the first three innings en route to a 19-5 win over IPFW in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday evening at Illinois Field. The win improved Illinois' overall record to 22-19 overall while IPFW fell to 16-32-1 overall.
"We feel fortunate for the doubleheader," Illini head coach Itch Jones said. "It gave us a chance to get our starters in and let our other players see some time. We've started hitting, but we are still capable of hitting better with men on base."
IPFW jumped to a quick lead in the second game, as third baseman Brandon Armstrong hammered a home run to left off Illini starter Jake Toohey for a 1-0 lead.
Illinois reclaimed the lead quickly in the bottom of the first. Vince DiMaria and Andy Schutzenhofer each reached with one out, and Chad Frk plated both on a double to center to give Illinois a 2-0 lead. Brandon Cashman quickly made it a 4-0 game when he sent his second homer of the day and seventh of the season over the left-center field wall two batters later.
Illinois increased its lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the second. Eric Eymann led off with a single and DiMaria and Schutzenhofer followed with back-to-back doubles. Eymann came in on Schutzenhofer's hit, and DiMaria and Schutzenhofer followed suit on one-out singles from Dusty Bensko and Brandon Cashman. After Drew Davidson walked to load the bases, Chris Robinson collected the final RBI when he grounded into a fielders choice that plated Bensko and gave Illinois its fourth run of the inning.
Illinois added nine more in the bottom of the third as the Illini sent 13 batters to the plate. An Eric Eymann leadoff home run and a triple off the bat of Andy Schutzenhofer, the first of his career, highlighted the inning that featured four extra base hits.
IPFW scored three runs in the fourth and on in the fifth, and Illinois added two in the fourth, to open the final margin of victory to 19-5 in a game that was called after five innings.
Jake Toohey earned the win, improving to 1-0 on the year after allowing only one run on four hits in three innings of work. IPFW starter Casey Rohan suffered the loss, falling to 1-6 on the year after allowing nine runs on 12 hits in two innings of work.
Illinois returns to action this weekend with a four-game set against Michigan State at Illinois Field. Friday's game one starts at 6:35 p.m., Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. and first pitch for Sunday's series finale is at 1:05 p.m.