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    March 7, 2010

    Box Score

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Michael Heesch tossed a complete game in his first start of the season, and the UIC baseball team scored seven runs in the first three innings to defeat 23rd-ranked Western Kentucky, 7-5, in the series finale between the two teams at Nick Dennes Field on Sunday.

    Ryan Meehan homered and John Rosinski went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Flames (2-8), who snapped a five-game skid.

    Heesch, who started the season as the Flames' closer, stymied the nationally-ranked Hilltoppers (8-3). The left-hander scattered nine hits and issued just one walk, beginning the contest with five scoreless frames before halting Western Kentucky's comeback attempt.

    The Hilltoppers scored five runs between the sixth and eighth innings to get within two, but Heesch shut the door with a perfect ninth to record his first career complete game.

    UIC scored first for the fourth consecutive contest when Rosinski hit a first-inning single through the left side to drive in Steve McGuiggan from second.

    The Flames then exploded for five runs in the second. Joe Betcher started the scoring with an RBI double, and a sacrifice bunt by Jason Ganek brought in Betcher from third just two batters later.

    Rosinski delivered another RBI single that allowed McGuiggan to trot home, and Chris Rutta and Matt Serna also contributed run-scoring hits.

    Meehan led off the top of the third with a first-pitch solo shot off of reliever Brian Edelen to extend UIC's lead to 7-0.

     

     

    Heesch was rolling until the sixth, when Western Kentucky scored a pair on a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. The Hilltoppers tacked on a run in the seventh, and in the bottom of the eighth the Flames' lead was shortened to two when Ryan Huck hit a two-run homer.

    The Flames held on, as Heesch induced two consecutive ground balls back to the mound that were recorded for outs, and Jared Andreoli flied out to left to conclude the game.

    UIC meets Baylor in a three-game series in Waco, Texas next weekend.

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