Flames Drop Series Finale Against Northwestern, 11-10
March 10, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team dropped its series finale against Big Ten-foe and city-rival Northwestern by a final score of 11-10 on Saturday afternoon at Les Miller Field. With the loss, UIC drops to 4-9 on the year and 2-1 at home. NU pitcher Dan Tyson picked up his first win of the year as UIC’s Charlie Weinberg was credited with the loss.
“The game really came down to a few defensive plays,” said head coach Mike Dee. “I’m proud of the way our guys competed today. It’s very difficult to sweep a good team like Northwestern. We’ll go back to work this week and get ready for Wright State next weekend.”
The big bats were on display as both squads hit two homeruns each and combined for 25 hits and 21 runs. Four Flames players posted two hits apiece in Ryan Shober, Alex De LaRosa, Joe Betcher and Alex Jurich. Jurich tallied four RBI and drilled a long ball in the fifth inning only to be matched by a wind-aided homer by Nick Addison on the next at bat.
The Wildcats recorded the contest’s first score on deep bomb to left center by Paul Snieder in the first inning.
The Flames answered in the bottom of the second inning with three runs to take the 3-1 lead. Alex Grunenwald started off the frame with a double to right center and was joined on base by Harry Kammholz who was walked. Jurich drove in both Grunenwald and Kammholz with a two-baser down the left-field line. Jurich was eventually sent home by Shober with a single to right field.
The next half inning plagued UIC as Northwestern went on to score eight total runs. The Flames posted two errors in the stanza and gave up seven hits, allowing the Wildcats to retake the advantage, 9-3.
UIC took four of those runs back in the bottom half of the third inning as Betcher kicked things off with a double down the right-field line. Later in the frame, Dykema singled to center which sent two teammates across the dish. Shober tacked on the final two RBI on double-bagger to left field which chopped NU’s lead down to 9-7.
Northwestern’s Jack Havey gave his squad a 10-7 edge in the fifth inning as he was able to trot home on a wild pitch by Weinberg. The Flames used the bottom half of that inning to knot the score at 10-10, supplied by the consecutive deep balls by Jurich and Addison.
The Wildcats tacked on the game’s final run in the top of the sixth inning on a solo homerun by Walker Moses.
The Flames kick off the conference season next weekend at Wright State with a three-game swing set to begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT.