Baseball Downed In Doubleheader At Alabama

Matt Serna drove in two runs in Saturday's nightcap.
Matt Serna drove in two runs in Saturday's nightcap.

Feb. 27, 2010

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The UIC baseball team was downed in two different ways during Saturday's doubleheader against Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Flames (1-6) dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 walk-off decision to the Crimson Tide (5-0) in the nightcap after a 25-1 defeat in the seven-inning opener.

Game Two: Alabama 4, UIC 3

A safety squeeze bunt drove in the decisive run as the Flames fell to Alabama, 4-3, in Saturday's second game.

Starter Rafael Garcia allowed just two earned runs in six outstanding innings, while Matt Serna went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Alabama scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead, but UIC answered with a run in the sixth and a game-tying run in the top of the eighth, both on Serna RBI hits.

Serna brought home John Rosinski from second after Rosinki led off the sixth with a double, and Andy Leonard repeated Rosinski's feat with a leadoff two-bagger of his own two innings later to set up another run-scoring single for Serna that tied the game at 3-3.

Michael Heesh had pitched two innings unscathed until Brock Bennett reached on an error by Serna with one away in the ninth. He went all the way to third on Brandt Hendrick's single, and John David Smelser laid down a safety squeeze bunt down 0-1 in the count to allow Bennett to score a game-winning unearned run.

Game One: Alabama 25, UIC 1

Nothing went right for the Flames in the opener, as UIC mustered just one hit while allowing 23 to the Crimson Tide in a 25-1 loss.

Chris Rutta's fourth-inning home run was the only offense that the Flames mustered in the game.



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