Fayetteville, Ark. – Illinois-Chicago pitcher Ryan Gehring pitched eight scoreless innings and held the Razorbacks to one hit as the Flames earned a series split with a 9-1 victory over Arkansas Sunday afternoon.Arkansas saw its record drop to 12-6 overall while UIC improved to 7-4.
Ryan Lennerton (0-1) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up three runs, all earned, on six hits in two and two-thirds innings of work. Lennerton was one of six Arkansas pitchers on the day.
Gehring was overpowering as he held the Razorback bats in check all day. Gehring threw 86 pitches with 56 strikes.
After both sides went quietly in the first two innings, the Flames jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning.
UIC put runners on the corners with a leadoff double by Mike Bruszer and a bunt single by Nelson Gord to open the inning. Shane Crowder gave UIC the lead with a double down the left field line that scored Bruszer.
The Flames increased their lead to 3-0 when Bryan Russo singled home Gord and Crowder.
Lennerton was pulled following the third UIC double in the inning. Boyd Goodner came in with a runner on second and two outs. On a 3-2 pitch Goodner struck out Jordan DeVoir looking to end the inning.
Gehring was in control as held the Razorbacks without a hit until Blake Parker singled to center in the bottom of the fourth inning. Until that point, Gehring had retired 11 straight hitters. Jake Dugger was the first Razorback to reach base when he was hit-by-a-pitch. Parker then followed with a single, but the Hogs were unable to get on the scoreboard.
Justin Johnson pushed the UIC lead to 4-0 with an RBI single in the top of the fifth that plated Russo, who reached on a single.
J.P. Moran made it a 6-0 game with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. Moran’s blast came with Ted Rosinski aboard and was the first runs given up by Zach Butler after he relieved Goodner to start the inning.
Still in the sixth, the Flames broke the game open when Russo singled home Gord and Crowder to give UIC an 8-0 lead. Another single in the inning plated a run and gave Illinois-Chicago a 9-0 advantage.
Arkansas ended the shutout bid when Parker singled home Brett Hagedorn in the bottom of the ninth. But, UIC relief pitcher Ryan Zink never allowed the Hogs to mount a comeback threat.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. against the Centenary Gents.