Baseball's Comeback Falls Short at Lamar in 10th Inning

Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin
Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin

Feb. 16, 2014

Lamar 8, UIC 7 (10) Get Acrobat Reader

BEAUMONT, Texas – The UIC baseball team (3-1) scored six total runs in the eighth and ninth innings, sending their final game of the weekend into extra frames against host Lamar, but the Red Foxes ultimately claimed the 8-7 victory in the 10th.  Junior and Colby College transfer Jake Nath was superb at the plate, hitting 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.  Senior John Coen also tallied three hits, while Tyler Detmer, Alex Lee and Conor Philbin collected two hits apiece.  As a team, the Flames racked up 14 hits on the afternoon as seven of those came in the eighth and ninth frames.

“Despite being down early, our guys continued to stay positive,” said Associate Head Coach Sean McDermott.  “Our mood in the dugout stayed consistent for the entire game and we kept grinding away.  I’m really proud of how our players handled themselves today.  We are in a really good place right now and our guys know how to compete.”

UIC dug themselves a deep hole early as Lamar scored five runs in the first inning.  The Red Foxes notched five hits and were issued two walks in the opening stanza, along with a Flames’ wild pitch and balk.  UIC plated a runner in the top of the second after Philbin sent Nath home on a groundout.  Lamar countered with a lone run in the bottom half of the second and owned a 6-1 advantage.

The 6-1 score held true until the eighth inning when UIC began its comeback.  Coen and senior Jacob McNamara began the surge with a pair of singles.  After UIC recorded two consecutive outs, Nath ripped a single to right-center field to score Coen and move McNamara over to third.  McNamara would eventually score on a wild pitch and Nath cross the dish after an RBI-single from Philbin.

In the ninth, freshman Mickey McDonald was walked and then was pushed over to second on sac bunt by Coen.  McNamara reached base after he was plunked by a pitch and was then replaced on the bases by junior Carl Sugihara.  Detmer advanced both runners up one bag with a single to right field before senior Alex Jurich send McDonald home and Sugihara to third on a fielder’s choice.  Nath and Philbin then posted consecutive RBI-singles to knot the score at 7-7 and forcing extra innings.

The Flames had an opportunity to score in the 10th frame with the bases loaded and one out, but a double play ended UIC’s comeback as Lamar tacked on the winning run in the bottom half of the inning.

The Flames return to action next weekend at Vanderbilt for a three-game series, beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. CT.