First championship game since 2009
UIC will play YSU at 11 a.m. on Saturday
Flames honor senior pitcher Chris Hoffman
Baseball program will honor Chris Hoffman at the end of the game.
Begel allows just four hits in eight innings
Appeared in 21 games with one start ... led the team and ranked fifth in the Horizon League with three saves ... finished the season as the lone senior on the Flames roster.
Appeared in 27 games, pitching 33.2 innings of relief ... named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team ... compiled a 4-1 record, 23 strikeouts with a 2.41 ERA
PRIOR TO UIC: Played two seasons at Triton Junior College at River Grove (Ill.) ... named to All-Regional Team while a member of Triton's conference championship team ... posted a record of 6-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 10 appearances as a sophomore at Triton.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-time letterwinner in both baseball and basketball at Conant (Ill.) ... led Conant to regional and sectional titles as a junior ... born June 2, 1990, in Schaumburg, Ill. ... son of Doug and Laurie Hoffman ... has two siblings, Ricky and Tayler ... currently enrolled as a communications major.