Baseball Drops Heartbreaker at #2 Vanderbilt, 5-3
March 2, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The UIC baseball team (3-5) suffered a heartbreaking defeat at #2 Vanderbilt (11-1) on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 5-3 at Hawkins Field. The Flames were on the verge of a comeback in the ninth inning with two runners on base and the game-winning run at the plate, but the Commodores forced UIC into a groundout to end contest. Sophomore Tyler Detmer paced UIC at plate, hitting 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
“We came out with a completely different attitude today,” said head coach Mike Dee. “I thought we played well the entire game and didn’t concern ourselves with the guys across the field. We have the potential to be a very good team if we continue to believe in ourselves and our abilities.”
Freshman right-hander Jack Andersen started for UIC, lasting 5.1 innings and allowing just five hits and four runs. Freshman Ian Lewandowski finished the final 2.2 innings on the hill as he gave up a mere one run and two hits.
Vanderbilt grabbed the early momentum and jumped out in front of UIC with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Flames finally got on the board in the fourth frame as redshirt senior Alex De LaRosa kicked things off with a triple down the right field line. Detmer then sent De LaRosa home with a single to left field, cutting the Dores’ lead down to 2-1.
Vanderbilt added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Flames knotted up the score with two runs in the top of the sixth. Junior Alex Jurich tallied the first RBI as he grounded out to third base, but sent Detmer across the plate. Redshirt senior Harry Kammholz posted the other RBI with a single to left field that scored Alex Grunenwald.
The Commodores tacked on additional runs in the sixth and eighth frames.