Baseball Drops Series Finale at #24 Texas A&M, 5-1

Sophomore Tyler Detmer
Sophomore Tyler Detmer

Feb. 17, 2013

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The UIC baseball team (1-2) concluded its season-opening series at #24 Texas A&M (2-1) on Sunday afternoon, losing game three by a final score of 5-1 at Blue Bell Park.  The Flames posted a 2-0 shutout win on Friday, but the Aggies rebounded with a 4-3 victory on Saturday.  The series drew more than 15,000 spectators through A&M turnstiles, including 6,109 on opening night.

“Overall, I thought it was a positive weekend for our club,” said UIC head coach Mike Dee.  “Our guys were not at all intimidated by the environment and they kept competing.  Today was a frustrating loss because you can’t make mistakes against a good team and expect to win.  We had several chances to put the game back in balance and didn’t capitalize.”

Sophomore Tyler Detmer headlined the day for UIC , hitting 3-for-3 from the plate, bringing his three-game total to 5-for-9 with three RBI.  Five other Flames recorded hits, including Alex De LaRosa with a double and Ryan Shober, Ryan Boss, Jacob McNamra and John Coen with a single each.

The Flames jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with their lone run in the top of the first inning.  De LaRosa began the game with a double to left field and was advanced to third on a bunt-single from Shober.  De LaRosa was eventually able to trot across home plate on a pick off throwing error by the Aggie pitcher.

Texas A&M grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the first frame with three scores and extended that advantage to 5-1 with two more runs in the fourth.  The Flames had their chances down the stretch leaving seven men on base in the final five innings.

Senior hurler Joey Begel received the start and lasted 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs.  Freshman Ian Lewandowski came in for middle relief and held the Aggies scoreless for 3.2 frames, yielding just three hits.

“I was really encouraged by our pitching this weekend,” said Dee.  “Each guy went out there and did what he needed to do.”

UIC’s win against the Aggies on Friday marked its first season-opening win since 2002 and its first victory against a nationally-ranked opponent since March 7, 2010.

The Flames return to action on Friday, Feb. 22 at Santa Clara for a three-game stint, which includes a doubleheader on Saturday.