Baseball Drops Series Finale at No. 9 Vanderbilt, 12-1
Feb. 23, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The UIC baseball team (3-4) fell in the series finale at No. 9 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon by a final of 12-1 in Nashville, Tenn. The Flames knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the second inning, but the Commodores plated five runners in the bottom half of the frame and held UIC scoreless for the remainder of the day.
Freshman Brett Krause tallied his first two collegiate hits, going 2-for-4 from the dish and also posted his first career RBI. Alex Jurich, Jake Nath and Ricardo Ramirez each tallied one single apiece to give UIC five hits on the day. Krause ripped a single down the right-field line to plate Jurich in the second frame. Nath nearly scored on the play as well, but was called out at home.
“I was a little disappointed in how we handled the environment this weekend, but I am also encouraged with the potential this team has,” said Head Coach Mike Dee. “We saw the areas that we need to improve upon from this weekend’s play and we will work hard to get those things corrected.”
Vanderbilt starting pitcher Tyler Ferguson was credited with the win as he lasted 5.2 innings and limited the Flames to a mere three hits, while fanning seven batters. Sophomore Jack Andersen received the nod for UIC and was saddled with his first loss of the season.
The Flames hit the road again next weekend to face another SEC-member with a three-game series against Missouri. The Tigers are 3-3 overall and have dropped their last two outings versus Wake Forest and Cincinnati.