Baseball Splits Doubleheader At Michigan

Patrick Arlis went 3-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Illini offense in game one of their double header vs. Michigan Saturday.
Patrick Arlis went 3-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Illini offense in game one of their double header vs. Michigan Saturday.

April 28, 2001

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The University of Illinois baseball team split a doubleheader with Michigan at Ray Fisher Stadium on the campus of the University of Michigan this afternoon by scores of 5-7 and 3-2. Illinois is now 22-25 overall, 9-13 in conference while Michigan is 22-17 overall, 8-7 in the Big Ten.

After dropping the first game 7-5 Illinois found itself in a crucial situation in game two, needing to win in order preserve the chance to split the series. Illinois put the game in Tim Gorski's hands, giving the redshirt freshman the ball for his second career start and first in conference. Gorski responded by throwing a seven-inning complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits despite being hit in the leg by a line drive in the first inning. He walked one and struck out one to improve to 1-0 on the season.

"We got an outstanding pitching performance from Tim Gorksi that got us a win when we really needed to win a ballgame," Illini Head Coach Itch Jones said. "He did an excellent job coming back and pitching on the leg that he got hit very hard on. We also got some excellent clutch hitting from Patrick Arlis today, and T.F. Meagher made some great plays at short defensively."

Gorski got all the run support he needed in the first four innings. The Illini plated one in the second inning when Rob Fischer led off with his third triple of the season and came in on a Patrick Arlis ground ball. Illinois added two more in the fourth when Luke Simmons led off with a double and went to third on a Rob Fischer sacrifice. He then scored on a double to left off of Arlis' bat, and Arlis came home with what proved to be the winning run when Trevor Frederickson singled up the middle for his first career game-winning RBI.

Illinois had a 4-1 lead after four innings in game one of the doubleheader but starter Justin Olson was unable to hold on, giving up five runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to give Michigan its second-consecutive come-from-behind win.

Offensively Arlis led the Illini in game one with a 3-for-4, one RBI day. Brady Ballard and Rob Fischer also picked up RBI's in game one, and Andy Schutzenhofer scored twice.

Illinois and Michigan meet for the final game of the four-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.