Flames Upended By Roosevelt on Wednesday, 6-1

Senior Joe Betcher
Senior Joe Betcher

March 13, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (5-8) was upended by Roosevelt (1-3) on Wednesday evening by a final score of 6-1 at Les Miller Field.  The Flames fell into an early hole, trailing the Lakers 6-0 after three innings and spent the rest of the game trying to dig themselves out.  Senior Joe Betcher scored the team’s lone run in the eighth inning and was the only Flame two record more than one hit, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

UIC’s starting pitcher Ryan Hinchley uncharacteristically hit five of the 11 batters he faced and gave up three earned runs during his one inning on the mound.  The Flames also struggled to manufacture runs as they left 13 runners stranded, including back-to-back frames with bases loaded that came up empty handed.

“We had opportunities to win today, but we left too many guys on base,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I give Roosevelt credit – they deserved to win today.  They kept throwing the ball over the plate and we had a hard time stringing together three or four good at-bats.  Roosevelt played better than we did today.”

UIC scored its only run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Betcher singled up the middle to kick things off.  Junior Alex Jurich was walked on the next series and junior John Coen advanced each runner with a sac bunt.  Senior Ryan Shober then slapped a screamer to the third baseman which was fumbled and allowed Betcher to cross home plate.

UIC will be back in action on Friday at 4:05 p.m. CT as they begin Horizon League play against Youngstown State for a three-game series.  Sophomore Tomas Michelson is set take the hill for the Flames on Friday.