Baseball Improves to 3-0 with Two Wins on Saturday

Sophomore Ian Lewandowski
Sophomore Ian Lewandowski

Feb. 15, 2014

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BEAUMONT, Texas – The UIC baseball team (3-0) picked up two wins on Saturday afternoon, starting the season with three straight wins for the first time since 2002 when the Flames swept Florida A&M.  The 2002 season was current New York Mets star Curtis Granderson’s junior and final season with the Flames.  UIC opened the day with a 10-7 win against Marist and eventually claimed a 6-3 victory versus Lamar in a game that went 12 innings.  Through three games so far this season, the Flames have never trailed their opponent and have plated at least one runner in the first inning of all three contests.

"Our guys never stopped grinding," said Associate Head Coach Sean McDermott.  "We did the little things all afternoon and that is making the difference.  The energy in our dugout has been tremendous and then to have the ability to maintain that energy is awesome.  Our bullpen derserves a lot of credit for how they performed today."

UIC 10, Marist 7
The Flames jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two runs in the first and another in the second.  Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin slapped an RBI-double in the opening frame to score seniors Alex Jurich and Jacob McNamara.  The two-bagger was the first of Philbin’s collegiate career.  Senior John Coen stole home in the second inning after McNamara stole second to put UIC in front by three.

Marist finally struck in the top of the third with two runs, closing UIC’s lead to 3-2.  The Red Foxes tallied three hits and took advantage of two walks in the inning.

The Flames used the fourth, fifth and sixth frames to put up seven runs and distance themselves permanently.  Junior Tyler Detmer and teammate Jurich kicked off the surge with a pair of RBI-singles in the fourth.  Marist plated two runners in the top of the fifth, but UIC countered with three scores in the latter half of the inning.  Freshman Mickey McDonald drove in redshirt junior Alex Lee on single to right field and then Coen sent freshman Ricardo Ramirez across the bag on a groundout.  McDonald was driven in on the very next batter as McNamara poked a screamer through the left side.  In the sixth, UIC made it a 10-4 ballgame once junior Jake Nath and Philbin both scored.

Marist got one back in the top of the seventh off a sac fly.  Sophomore hurler Ian Lewandowski was replaced by senior Mike Schoolcraft with no outs.  Lewandowski was credited with the win and now improves to 6-3 overall in his career.  Schoolcraft pitched two full innings, allowing just one hit and no earned runs.

The Red Foxes made one last attempt at a comeback in the top of the ninth, but their two runs weren’t enough as a 3-2 double-play ended the game.

Freshman Mitchell Schulewitz picked up his first career save as he was in for the final two outs.

UIC 6, Lamar 3
Coen and McNamara were walked to start the afternoon matchup against Lamar and Detmer reached base on a hit-by-pitch.  With the bases loaded, Jurich drilled a single up the middle to plate Coen and give UIC an early 1-0 lead.  Nath made it a 2-0 advantage when he scored McNamara on the result of a groundout double play.

The 2-0 score remained deadlocked until the top of the fifth when Jurich crossed home plate on a sac fly by Lee, giving the Flames a comfortable 3-0 edge.

Lamar quickly erased UIC’s lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to knot the score at 3-3.  The Cardinals took advantage of a Flames error to open the frame and then ripped three singles and double.

The 3-3 tally would hold true after nine innings as both teams prepared for extra baseball.  It wasn’t until the 12th inning that UIC plated three runners to secure its third-straight triumph.

Senior pitcher Collin Weyer was awarded the win as he tossed the final two innings, allowing just one hit.

McDonald paced UIC at the dish, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run.  The freshman is hitting .429 on the season along with Coen, while Philbin is hitting .444.

The Flames finish action this weekend with a single game against Lamar tomorrow at noon CT.