Baseball Falls In Extra Innings At No. 2 Vanderbilt
March 13, 2011
NASHVILLE - The UIC baseball team surrendered a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning at No. 2 Vanderbilt on Saturday as it fell, 9-8, in 10 innings.
The Flames (3-9) put up a three-spot in the top of the third inning to take their first lead of the series against the nationally-ranked Commodores (15-1). Jacob McNamara doubled and scored on Steve McGuiggan's base hit to left. The speedy center fielder came all the way around to score from first on Andy Leonard's two-base hit. Leonard would later tally the third run after a Vanderbilt throwing error.
The Commodores got their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, but UIC had an answer with a big four-run fifth inning of its own. The Flames scored the four runs on just two hits, by Jason Ganek and Alex De LaRosa, but with the help of two more Vanderbilt errors.
The Southeastern Conference squad atoned for the fielding miscues in its half of the fifth inning, putting up five runs of their own to cut the deficit to 7-6. Vanderbilt would tie the game in the home-half of the eighth to make it 7-7 heading into the final frame.
The Flames were up to the task as it was De LaRosa who delivered the go-ahead single which scored freshman Jon Ryan to give UIC the lead back. Unfortunately for the visitors, they could not tack on any insurance runs.
Vanderbilt sent the game into extra innings after Sam Lind belted a double of Ganek (0-1) who moved over from third base to the mound to try to notch his second save of the young season.
The Flames went down in the 10th inning without scoring, but the home team would not give them another crack at-bat. Mike Yastrzemski doubled down the right field line for the game-winning RBI and a 9-8 victory.
UIC will end its season-long 13-game road trip on Sunday with the finale against the Commodores. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.