Baseball Splits Double Header Versus Milwaukee on Saturday

Freshman Ian Lewandowski
Freshman Ian Lewandowski

March 23, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (8-11, 3-3 HL) split a double header with Horizon League-foe Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon as the Flames won the series finale in dramatic fashion by a final score of 6-5.  Centerfielder Tyler Detmer threw out UWM's Barwick at home plate off a pin-point one-hop toss from the outfield to end the game and avoid extra innings.  Despite the win, UIC fell in Saturday's opener, 10-0, as the Panthers claimed the series victory.

Freshman Ian Lewandowski picked up his first collegiate win in the series finale as he threw 2.2 innings and gave up just two hits.

"Although I don't like the fact that we lost the series at home, picking up game three was big for us," said head coach Mike Dee.  "Tyler (Detmer) made a tremendous throw and Alex (Jurich) made a great play at the plate and it was a great way to win the game.  Hopefully that will give us some momentum going into next week.  I thought Joey (Begel) pitched really well, but we didn't give him solid defense so that will be a point of emphasis next week."

The Flames dug themselves an early hole in game one, giving up eight runs after four innings.  A pair of fielding miscues allowed the Panthers to send five unearned runs across the dish, including a three-run homer by UWM's Mitch Ghelfi in the third frame.  UIC struggled at the plate as Panther starter Cale Tassi tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits while fanning six batters.

Game two was a different story as the Flames lit up the scoreboard first with five runs in the first three innings.  Redshirt junior Ryan Boss kicked things in the second frame with a solo homer to give UIC the 1-0 lead. 

In the third, Jacob McNamara reached first on a walk and Detmer advanced him to second on an infield single.  Alex De LaRosa laid down a sac bunt which pushed the runners up one bag before Alex Grunenwald forced McNamara home on a single to center field.  Boss then drilled a ground-rule double to score Detmer to extend UIC's lead to 3-0.  Joe Betcher made it 5-0 with his two-RBI single to right field, scoring Grunenwald and Boss.

The Panthers fought their way back into the game with two runs in the fourth and three runs in the seventh to knot the score at 5-5.

It was in the bottom of the eighth where UIC scored the game-winning run.  With Betcher on first and Boss on third, Betcher made a move toward second base which baited the UWM pitcher to commit and Boss was able to scamper across home plate, giving the Flames the 6-5 triumph.

UIC will be back in action on Tuesday at home against Edgewood College with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m. CT.