Begel Leads Flames to Rubber Match Win Over YSU, 8-1
March 17, 2013
CHCAGO – Senior pitcher Joey Begel gave up just one run in eight innings of work as he led the UIC baseball team (7-9, 2-1 HL) to an 8-1 series finale win against Horizon League-foe Youngstown State (4-17, 1-2 HL) on Sunday afternoon at Les Miller Field. Begel was credited with the win and entertained a no-hitter through 6.2 frames before allowing a solo homer to YSU’s Kris Moules in the seventh, the Penguins’ lone run of the contest. With the win, UIC head coach Mike Dee notched his 450th career victory as all of his wins have come under a Flames cap.
“I’m really pleased we were able to put together two good games back-to-back,” said head coach Mike Dee. “Joey did a fantastic job on the mound and we gave him great defense. Our goal every weekend is to win the series and we did that today.”
The Flames stated strong as redshirt junior Ryan Boss drilled a three-RBI double in the first inning. UIC followed that up with a lone run in the second frame off an RBI-single to left field by sophomore Tyler Detmer. Detmer paced the Flames at the plate with three hits and currently fronts the team with a .382 batting average.
After two scoreless innings, UIC tacked an additional run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, extending their advantage out to 7-0. It was with two outs in the seventh frame when YSU’s Moules broke up Begel’s no-hitter as he sent a line-drive shot over the left field wall.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Boss tallied his third triple of the season, sending a screamer to the wide-open gap in left center which drove in Alex Grunenwald for the game’s final run.
Boss recorded a game-high four RBI on 2-of-4 from the plate as he ups his season batting average to .314. Redshirt senior Ryan Shober helped UIC pull of a double steal in the sixth inning and now owns a league-best 10 stolen bases.
The Flames will journey to Purdue on Tuesday to help the Boilermakers open the new Alexander Field as first pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT.