Baseball Picks Up First Two Wins of the Season
Feb. 25, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The UIC baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season in a double-header at Santa Clara on Saturday afternoon. The Flames won the first game in come-from-behind fashion by a score of 7-6 and dominated the day’s second game by a final tally of 12-1. With the two victories, UIC improves to 2-4 while the Broncos fall to 5-2.
“After last night’s game we talked about playing more relaxed,” said head coach Mike Dee. “We did just that today and we had good bats and good pitching. Santa Clara is a good ball club so I think we played really well today.”
UIC recorded eleven total hits guided by Cody Dykema as he went 3-for-4 and posted three runs. Ryan Shober and Zenon Kolakowski also totaled multiple hits with two apiece. Jon Ryan and Alex De LaRosa cleaned up the bases by driving in two runs each. Matt Heaslip received the start and lasted 5.2 innings, but reliever Tim Suminski was awarded the victory as he threw 1.1 innings, allowing just one run and two hits.
Santa Clara kicked things off with a run in the first inning on a solo homer by Andrew Biancardi. UIC captured the lead in the top of third inning, notching two scores and giving the Flames the 2-1 edge. The Broncos regained the lead in the bottom part of the third with two runs and held it for nearly the rest of the game.
With the score in favor of Santa Clara, 6-5, in the top of the ninth, UIC put on its rally cap and ripped off two runs to go up 7-6. The Flames made short work of the Broncos in the bottom frame as they went three-up three-down.
The seven-inning affair was controlled by UIC from start to finish as the Flames cracked a season-high 14 hits, including five players with multiple hits. Jon Ryan had a career day as he piloted the Flames by posting three hits and four RBI. Teammate Alex Grunenwald also tallied three hits, tacking on one run and one RBI.
UIC hurler Brian Evak was given the win as he put in four innings of work, giving up just six hits and one run.
UIC led from wire-to-wire as they drove in two runners in the first inning, one in the third while allowing the Bronco’s lone run in the fifth frame. The Flames poured it on in the sixth and seven innings, ripping off nine total runs.
The Flames return to the field on Sunday afternoon for the series finale in a game set to begin at 12 p.m. CT.