UIC's Rally Falls Short in HL Opener at Wright State, 8-7|
March 14, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio – The UIC baseball team (4-7, 0-1) erased a 5-0 deficit, scoring six runs in the sixth inning and led 7-5 in the ninth, but Wright State (7-9, 1-0) plated three runners in the bottom of the ninth to claim victory in the Horizon League opener by a final of 8-7 on Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium. UIC totaled 14 hits on the day, including multi-hit efforts from six separate players. Senior John Coen paced UIC at the plate with three hits and two RBI.
"Today was a tough loss because I thought we competed well enough to win," said Head Coach Mike Dee. "I saw great resiliency and relentless effort from our guys and that's all I can ever ask for. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way."
WSU struck first in the opening frame as junior Andrew McCafferty belted a three-run homer over the left-centerfield wall, giving the Raiders a 3-0 early lead. Wright State made it 5-0 with lone scores in the third and fourth innings.
UIC exploded in the sixth frame as junior Tyler Detmer began the comeback with a triple to center field. Detmer’s three-baser was UIC’s first of the season and the second of Detmer’s career. Senior Alex Jurich then slapped an RBI-single to right field as he continues to pace the Flames in RBI with 14. Jurich would eventually score off an error by the centerfielder to pull the Flames within three runs.
Still in the sixth with the bases loaded, Kentucky transfer Jeff Boehm was able to trot home on a balk call. Boehm made his first appearance with the Flames on Friday after playing two seasons for the Wildcats. Coen drove in two more runs with another Flames’ triple and was the sent home off a Detmer single, giving UIC a 6-5 edge.
UIC tacked on their seventh and final run in the seventh inning after freshman Brett Krause recorded a single that sent Jake Nath over to third and was able to cross the dish after a throwing error by the WSU’s third baseman.
After a scoreless eighth frame, the Flames managed two singles in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t tally a run. The Raiders scored all three of their runs in the bottom half of the inning after UIC had retired the first two batters.
Starting pitcher Tomas Michelson lasted seven innings for the Flames, but freshman Mitchell Schulewitz was saddled with the loss after giving up the final three scores.