Baseball Splits Twin Bill with YSU on Saturday
March 16, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (6-9, 1-1 HL) opened up Horizon League play by splitting a doubleheader with Youngstown State (4-16, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon, dropping game one, 8-7, and winning game two, 4-1. Freshman Jack Andersen notched his first collegiate win in the second contest on eight innings of work, while scattering seven hits and allowing just one run. Freshman Ian Lewandowski entered the game in the ninth and retired three straight for his second career save.
“The first game we didn’t play good defense and that’s been a strength of ours all season,” said head coach Mike Dee. “I’m really proud of how our guys came back in the second game and refocused their efforts to get the win. Tomorrow’s a big day and we’ll look to win the series.”
Sunday’s game will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT with senior Joey Begel set to pitch for the Flames.
GAME 1 RECAP:
The Penguins took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and grabbed an additional score in the top of fourth, holding a 3-0 edge.
The Flames knotted up the tally with three runs in the bottom of the fourth as Alex Grunenwald began the frame with a single to left field. He was called out at second as Alex Jurich reached first on a fielder’s choice. After Ryan Boss was walked and Jurich advanced to second, Joe Betcher knocked in the first RBI with a single up the middle as Boss took third. Boss eventually stole home as Betcher enticed the YSU catcher to make the throw to second – Betcher was also called safe. Two batters later, Ryan Shober reached on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder as Betcher was able to safely cross home plate.
UIC tacked on another run in the fifth inning off an RBI-single from Boss and two scores in the sixth as Grunenwald and Jurich tallied back-to-back sac fly RBIs. The Flames held a 6-3 advantage after six innings of work.
The Penguins retaliated in the seventh with three runs fueled in large part by a two-RBI triple by conference Preseason Player of the Year Drew Dosch. The score was once again tied, 6-6.
After the Flames stranded two runners in the bottom of the eighth, YSU plated two scores in the ninth and took an 8-6 lead. UIC put up one run in the final frame, but a groundout by pinch-hitter Harry Kammholz cemented the Horizon League opener.
GAME 2 RECAP:
After five scoreless innings, each squad posted a run in the sixth and stalemate continued into the bottom of the eighth. That’s when the Flames ripped off three scores against YSU’s Jason North who subbed in for starter Patrick O’Brien.
Jurich reached base first for UIC off a throwing error by the shortstop and was bumped over to second with a single from Boss. Betcher battled North for 15 pitches, including eight foul balls, and was eventually walked to juice the bases. Coen followed suit with walk which sent Jurich home for the first score of the frame. Shober then smacked a single to drive in Boss, but Betcher was tagged out on the play after some miscommunication with Coen who advanced to third during the action. Coen eventually scored off a wild pitch by North for the final run of the game.