Matt Heaslip Leads Baseball To Series Win Over Missouri

Junior <b>Matt Heaslip</b> earned his first win in a UIC uniform on Sunday at Mizzou.
Junior Matt Heaslip earned his first win in a UIC uniform on Sunday at Mizzou.

March 6, 2011

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Matt Heaslip was a late addition to the UIC baseball starting lineup on Sunday, but the right-hander was up to the task as he led the Flames to a 5-1 win over the Missouri Tigers at Taylor Stadium.

Heaslip (1-1) was named the UIC (3-7) starting pitcher just a few minutes before the game, but the Rockford, Ill. native fired 113 pitches over 8.2 IP to help guide the Flames to the series win over the Tigers. The junior allowed just one run on seven hits while striking out three batters on the afternoon.

The only run that Missouri (3-7) scratched out came in the bottom of the second inning. The Tigers led off the frame with back-to-back singles and designated hitter Dane Opel scored the lone tally on a fielder's choice off the bat of first baseman Scott Sommerfeld.

The offense stepped up to support Heaslip beginning in the top of the fourth inning. After two quick outs, UIC put together five straight singles by Jason Ganek, Jon Ryan, Matt Serna, Alex De LaRosa and Nick Addison led to a three-run inning for the visitors. Serna, De LaRosa and Addison collected the RBI in the inning for Mike Dee's squad to give them a 3-1 lead that they would not surrender.

In the fifth inning, Steve McGuiggan led off with a single up the middle and moved up to second base following a sacrifice bunt by Andy Leonard. McGuiggan then came around to score on an RBI-double off the bat of Ganek to make it 4-1, Flames.

In the top of the ninth, it was Ganek again who belted his second RBI-double of the game to right center field which allowed Leonard to score all the way from first base and give UIC its fifth and final tally of the game.

Ganek finished 3-for-5 with two RBI on Sunday. For the series, the senior batted .467 and collected three doubles and five RBI.

Leonard, Addison and catcher Jacob McNamara each had a pair of hits on the afternoon.

With the win, Dee now holds 395 career victories at the helm for UIC.

The Flames will head to Nashville, Tenn. next weekend to take on the No. 2 Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game series. The two teams will face off at 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.