UIC Baseball Falls at No. 9 Vanderbilt, 14-1
Feb. 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The UIC baseball team (3-2) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but No. 9 Vanderbilt (5-0) had 19 hits in a 14-1 victory Friday (Feb. 21) at Hawkins Field. Tyler Detmer’s solo home run in the first inning accounted for UIC’s offense.
Junior Tomas Michelson (1-1) got the start for UIC and allowed nine runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 10 hits, walked two and struck out two Commodores.
Tyler Beede (2-0) picked up the victory with six innings of work for Vanderbilt. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out 11 Flames. He retired 16 straight UIC batters following Detmer’s home run. Jacob McNamara’s walk in the sixth inning broke Beede’s run of retired batters.
“We had momentum early and handed it back to them,” said UIC head coach Mike Dee. “I am disappointed in the way we competed today.”
UIC got on the scoreboard with two outs in the top of the first as Detmer belted a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall. The home run is UIC’s first of the 2014 season and the first of Detmer’s career. Michelson allowed the first two runners to reach base in the bottom half of the inning but escaped unharmed after a 4-6-3 double play.
Following a scoreless top of the second, Vanderbilt took advantage of three UIC errors to score three unearned runs. The Commodores banged out three hits in the inning, including Chris Harvey’s RBI single up the middle.
The Commodores scored three more runs in the fourth following three singles and a double. Vanderbilt’s three-run fifth included two hits, a walk and a UIC fielding error. The Commodores also added one run in the 6th and 7th innings before a three-run eighth.
Junior Brian Evak relieved Michelson and allowed five runs (four earned) over 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He allowed nine hits and struck out one batter. McNamara picked up his seventh single of the season in the ninth inning and walked in the sixth.
The Flames and Commodores continue the three-game weekend series Saturday (Feb. 22) with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Sophomore Ian Lewandowski (1-0, 7.50) takes the mound opposite of Vanderbilt’s Jared Miller (1-0, 0.00).