Flames Fall in Doubleheader at Wright State on Saturday
March 15, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio - The UIC baseball team (4-9, 0-3) dropped a pair of games on Saturday afternoon against Wright State (9-9, 3-0) by final scores of 8-6 and 18-10. Junior transfer Jeff Boehm hit a perfect 4-for-4 in game one, while senior Jacob McNamara went 4-for-6 in the series finale. Senior John Coen posted five total hits on the day and now leads the team in that category with 19 on the season.
“We’re all disappointed with the weekend,” said UIC Head Coach Mike Dee. “We did some things very well, but the area we are struggling in is my responsibility and we are going to get that fixed. I believe in this team and we have the potential to be very good.”
Game One Recap:
The Flames jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning as Coen and junior Jake Nath kicked off the day with back-to-back singles. Coen and Nath were eventually sent across the dish by junior Tyler Detmer and Boehm then plated Detmer on a single to center field.
Over the next six frames, the Raiders had built up a 7-3 advantage heading into the seventh inning. The Flames then scored twice as freshman Mickey McDonald began the stanza with a double to right field, the first of his career. Coen reached base on a fielder’s choice and both Coen and McDonald were sent home after Nath poked a single to right field. The Flames trailed WSU 7-5 with after seven frames.
The Raiders went ahead by three runs with a lone score in the eighth as the Flames were able to tack on one additional run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome WSU’s lead.
Sophomore Ian Lewandowski was given the loss as he lasted 5.2 frames, allowing four earned runs.
Game Two Recap:
In the series finale, WSU’s first five batters reached base as the Raiders ended up with six runs on five hits. Wright State concluded the game with 23 total hits compared to 14 for UIC.
The Flames responded in the top of the second with four scores, starting with redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin scoring off a bases loaded walk. Coen and McNamara recorded back-to-back RBI singles and then Detmer drove in freshman Cody Bohanek with a sac fly to right field.
The Raiders used the middle innings to run up the tally, plating a combined six runners in the third and fourth and then five in the sixth frame to take a commanding 17-5 lead.
Both teams recorded a lone run in the seventh inning and UIC’s last attempt at a comeback fell short in the ninth as they added four more scores to finalize the 18-10 result.
McNamara led UIC at plate by going 4-for-6 with three RBI.
The Flames will return to action on Tuesday at home versus Northern Illinois with a scheduled start time of 3:05 p.m. CT.