Baseball Drops Twinbill at Undefeated Kentucky
March 3, 2012
The UIC baseball team dropped both games at undefeated Kentucky on Saturday afternoon by final scores of 4-3 and 8-2. With the losses, the Flames fall to 2-7 on the year, while the Wildcats improve to a perfect 10-0.
“We deserved to get beat twice today,” said head coach Mike Dee. “We did not do the simple things in key situations and you can’t do that against good competition. We’ll figure it out and get ready for tomorrow.”
Game One – Senior Matt Heaslip received the nod in game one of the series and threw a respectable four innings, allowing just three hits and one run while fanning five UK batters.
The Flames took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo bomb by sophomore Ryan Boss.
Jon Ryan made the score 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning as he drove Boss home on a double to left center.
Over the next three innings, Kentucky captured the lead by recording four total runs and owning a 4-2 edge heading into the top of the seventh.
UIC would gain one of those runs back, but would eventually fall to wildcats by a final score of 4-3.
Game Two – The Flames again jumped out in front, this time in the first inning as junior Nick Addison crossed the plate from third base as Ryan Shober notched the run with a ground out to the shortstop.
Kentucky used a third inning surge to bring the tally to a 5-1 UK edge. The Flames would gain one of those runs back in the fourth as Alex Grunenwald sent Shober home on a single to right center.
That proved to be the last score of the game for UIC, but UK tallied three more runs before the ninth inning and secured the final mark of 8-2.
Joey Begel was given the loss as he pitched five innings and gave up five hits and three runs. UK’s Jerad Grundy collected the win as he went seven frames, yielding three hits and one earned run.