Baseball Outlasts Youngstown State in Game One of the Series, 6-5

Junior Joey Begel picks up his third win of the season.
Junior Joey Begel picks up his third win of the season.

March 23, 2012

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team extended its home-game winning streak against Youngstown State on Friday evening to 18 straight, dating back to 2004, as the Flames claimed victory, 6-5.  Junior Joey Begel recorded his third win of the year as he pitched six innings and yielded seven hits with four earned runs.  Sophomore Jon Ryan was responsible for three of UIC’s six scores, including a three-run homer in the third inning which gave UIC the go ahead lead.

“I was happy with the way our guys competed,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “To win a one-run game in the first game of the series, I’ll take that.”

The contest was pushed back nearly two and a half hours due to continuous rains in the area, but once the game started both clubs displayed red-hot bats.  UIC took control of the early lead by scoring two in the bottom of the first inning.  Redshirt junior Alex De LaRosa reached base first for the Flames on a hit pitch and was followed on a single by junior Joe Betcher.  Ryan was able to send De LaRosa home as he reached base on a throwing error by the YSU shortstop.  Betcher eventually scored on a single up the middle from sophomore catcher Alex Jurich.

The Penguins answered with three runs in the top half of the second to take the 3-2 lead, tallying four hits which included a single from Dan Hurlimann.  The designated hitter posted a game-high three hits on four at bats.

The Flames knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the second as redshirt sophomore Ryan Boss notched his second homer of the season deep over the left field fence for a solo shot.

The scoring continued in the top of the third as YSU took hold of the lead with two runs on three hits and the Penguins held a 5-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the frame.

That’s when Ryan went yard on YSU pitcher Blake Aquadro, sending it deep over the right field fence and giving UIC the 6-5 edge.  A lead the Flames would hold for the rest of the contest.

Senior reliever Chris Hoffman came into the game in the top of the seven inning and saw the Flames through until end.  He picked up his second consecutive save, allowing just two hits and zero runs.

Game two of the three-game set will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT with game three scheduled for Sunday at Noon.