Purdue Out-Slugs UIC in 17-10 Loss on Saturday

Junior Alex Jurich
Junior Alex Jurich

March 9, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (4-7) was overpowered by Purdue on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 17-10 at Les Miller Field in game two of the three-game series.  Senior Alex Grunenwald had another great showing at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs.  Junior Alex Jurich also tallied three hits and tacked on two runs and a RBI.  Purdue notched 20 hits on the afternoon, including five doubles.

"Two innings made the difference in the game," said head coach Mike Dee.  "We talk all the time how pitching and defense need to be the cornerstones of this team and today they weren't very good.  Sometimes these things happen and we need to put it past us and get ready for tomorrow."

Purdue rattled UIC in the top of the second inning with eight runs on seven hits.  The Flames got took of those scores back in the bottom half of the frame off a RBI-triple from Jurich and sac fly from Ryan Boss.

The Boilermakers put up single runs in the third, fourth and sixth frames, extending their lead to 11-2.  UIC answered with four scores in the bottom of the sixth as De LaRosa kicked things off with a single to left center.  Grunenwald then posted his fourth homer of the season on deep shot to left field.  Two batters later, Joe Betcher went yard on a two-RBI bomb as the Flames chopped Purdue's edge down to 11-6.

UIC seemed to have the momentum until the Boilermakers lit up the scoreboards one more with six runs in the eighth.  The Flames had one last gasp in the ninth inning by plating four runners.

Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.