Baseball Concludes Weekend Series at No. 5 Texas A&M

Senior pitcher Matt Heaslip
Senior pitcher Matt Heaslip

Feb. 19, 2012

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In front over 4,200 patrons, the UIC baseball team dropped its final contest of a three-game series at No. 5 Texas A&M by a final score of 7-0, Sunday afternoon inside Blue Bell Park.

"Texas A&M is one of the best college teams I have seen in 25 years," said UIC head coach Mike Dee.  "They have no weaknesses and I can see them winning a national championship.  We made some mistakes that we usually don't make and a good team like A&M will capitalize on that."

Aggie sophomore Rafael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the top of the eighth inning but gave up a double to sophomore Jon Ryan, the first batter of the frame.  The 6-6 right hander exited the game at that point but was credited with the win, allowing just the one hit while fanning three.  UIC senior Matt Heaslip received the nod for Flames as he lasted four innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs for the loss.

Redshirt freshman Zenon Kolakowski tacked on the other UIC hit in the top of the ninth as he ripped a double down the right field line.  The Inverness, Ill., native, reached third base on a wild pitch but was left stranded as teammate Ryan Shober struck out to end the game.

For the weekend, the series witnessed nearly 14,000 fans for the unveiling of the newly renovated Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.  The Flames collected 11 total hits against the reigning College World Series participant Aggies.

"I am really proud of our guys," said Dee.  "We never stopped competing all weekend and we did not get intimidated.  I am much more excited about our ball club after this trip than before we came." 

UIC returns to action next weekend for a four-game stint against Santa Clara with games played Friday-Sunday with a double-header set for Saturday.  First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.