Baseball Hangs Tough Against No. 9 Vanderbilt in 2-0 Defeat

Senior Jacob McNamara recorded two hits on Saturday.
Senior Jacob McNamara recorded two hits on Saturday.

VU 2, UIC 1 Get Acrobat Reader

Feb. 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore Ian Lewandowski allowed just five hits and two runs in 6.2 innings against ninth-ranked Vanderbilt (6-0) on Saturday afternoon, but the two Vandy scores in the seventh frame proved to be the difference maker as UIC (3-3) fell 2-0.  Senior Jacob McNamara recorded two of the Flames’ six singles as Conor Philbin, Tyler Detmer, Jake Nath and Carl Sugihara tallied one hit apiece.

“We competed exceptionally well today,” said Head Coach Mike Dee.  “It was a huge step forward for this team and I am proud our guys.  We will come out tomorrow ready for another tough battle.”

UIC had opportunities to score as runners reached third base in the second, fourth and sixth frames as the Flames left eight stranded throughout the day.  In the top of the ninth inning, senior Alex Jurich was walked on four straight pitches and was then advanced to second after a single by McNamara with just one out.  Vanderbilt closer Carson Fulmer struck out the final two UIC batters for the save and the Vandy win.

The Flames will return to the diamond on Sunday for the series finale against Vanderbilt at 12:30 p.m. CT.  Sophomore Jack Andersen will take the mound for UIC, while Tyler Ferguson is scheduled to throw for the Commodores.