UIC to play in elimination game against Milwaukee on Friday at 4:15 p.m. CT
Top-seeded UIC outlasts No. 4 Valparaiso, 8-5
Flames tie program record with 22 conference victories; clinch No. 1 seed in HL tournament
Flames plate three runs in the ninth to keep half-game lead in HL standings
45 student-athletes received a bachelor's degree in the spring and summer sessions
Appeared in 33 total games and made 21 starts ... batted .286 with 24 hits, 15 runs and 13 RBI ... put together a nine-game hit streak from early-to mid-May, the sixth-longest on the team ... capped off his hit streak with a 3-for-4 outing in a home game versus Oakland on May 16 ... tallied a career-high three RBI on April 4 at home against Youngstown State with his first collegiate homer ... posted a double and a triple in the same game on May 3 at home against Milwaukee.
Played in 26 games and started 16 for the Flames ... recorded 13 hits, seven runs and seven RBI on the season ... posted an impressive on-base percentage of .420 and an unblemished fielding mark of 1.000 ... carried a five-game hitting streak during the middle of May and worked his way into the starting lineup for the final month of the season.
2012: Appeared in seven games, starting five ... tallied his first collegiate hit with a double against No. 5 Texas A&M on Feb. 19 ... hit 2-for-4 with two runs against Santa Clara on Feb. 25.
2011: Received a redshirt his freshman season
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-time letterwinner in baseball, three-time letterwinner in basketball and three-time letterwinner in football at Fremd (Ill.) ... helped lead Vikings to 2010 Mid-Suburban League Championship ... two-time All-Conference selection and 2010 All-Area honoree ... team captain during his senior campaign ... led Fremd with .413 batting average as a senior ... born September 20, 1991, in Chicago, Ill. ... son of Barbara and Zenon Kolakowski ... has one brother, Zack ... currently enrolled as an Elementary Education major.