While most Major League Baseball players used the All-Star break to relax, UIC Hall-of-Famer and current New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson took advantage of the free time to host his Grand Kids Foundation All-Star Camp on Wednesday afternoon. More than 100 little leaguers participated in the event which was housed at the newly constructed Curtis Granderson Stadium on the campus of UIC.
UIC Head Baseball Coach Mike Dee finalized the Flames' 2015 roster with signing of three players on Tuesday afternoon. Noah Masa (RHP, 5-8, 170), Danny Riley (C, 5-11, 195) and Connor Ryan (RHP, 6-1, 175) join fellow newcomers Trevor Lane, Jake Dahlberg, Connor Rolain, Rob Calabrese and Austin Batka to make up the 2015 recruiting class.
UIC first-baseman Jeff Boehm, who will be a senior for the 2015 season, was named Most Valuable Player of the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game on Wednesday (July 9). Boehm cracked a two-run homer in the first inning to help the South squad jump out to a 3-0 lead. Boehm's blow over the left-field wall helped the South defeat the North by a final score of 10-3.
The UIC baseball team sent 21 baseball players to summer leagues following the 2014 season. The players were sent to teams all across the nation to further their regular season successes.
UIC overpowered Big Ten-member Purdue by a final score of 18-5. The Flames led wire-to-wire as they jumped out to a 10-0 advantage after three innings, which included a second frame six-run surge. UIC scored another six runs in the seventh inning and then a pair of scores in the eighth stanza to cement the Flames' largest run total since May 24, 2012, when UIC plated 19 versus Wright State.
The Horizon League announced on Wednesday that 10 UIC student-athletes garnered Academic All-League recognition for the 2014 spring semester. Softball led the way with three honorees, while baseball and women's tennis earned two apiece. Men's and women's track and field and men's tennis grabbed one laurel each.