The UIC baseball team (27-28) battled to the very end against Wright State on Friday night in game five of the 2013 Horizon League Tournament, suffering elimination with a 5-4 defeat and concluding their season. After scoring a run in the ninth with the tying run on second base and two outs, WSU pitcher Travis Hissong forced a groundout to end UIC's rally.
Facing a 5-0 deficit after four innings, the No. 2 seed UIC baseball team (27-27) scored 15 unanswered runs against No. 6 seed Youngstown State (14-43) on Friday afternoon in game four of the Horizon League Tournament to advance by a final score of 15-5, ousting the host Penguins. The Flames will now play No. 4 seed Wright State at 7 p.m. ET in their second straight elimination game.
Due to constant rain showers, games No. 3 and No. 4 of the Horizon League Baseball Tournament have been pushed back until Friday. Top-seeded Milwaukee will play fourth-seeded Wright State at 11 a.m. ET with No. 2 seed UIC versus No. 6 seed Youngstown State at 3 p.m.
No. 2 seed UIC (26-27) nearly completed an impressive rally in the second game of the 2013 Horizon League Tournament against No. 3 seed Valparaiso (29-26) on Thursday afternoon, but fell one run shy as the Crusaders triumphed 8-7. Facing an 8-2 deficit, the Flames rattled off five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on five hits and had regained momentum.
The UIC baseball team will journey to Niles, Ohio for the start of the 2013 Horizon League Baseball Championship hosted by Youngstown State at Eastwood Field. The second-seeded Flames will commence tournament action on Thursday against No. 3 seed Valparaiso at 11 a.m. ET. UIC tied-for-second in the regular season with the Crusaders, but own the tie-breaker by winning five of their six meetings.
Sophomore Tomas Michelson and redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald highlight a group of seven UIC baseball players that earned All-Horizon League distinction as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Michelson and Grunenwald were named to the first team, while seniors Joe Betcher and Ryan Boss and sophomore Tyler Detmer collected second team laurels.