Flames Defeat YSU, 4-3; Addison Records Game-Winning Hit
March 24, 2012
CHICAGO – Redshirt junior Nick Addison drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, propelling UIC to a 4-3 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at Les Miller Field. Sophomore hurler Collin Weyer notched his second win of the season, closing out the game in the final 1.1 innings, while scattering three hits. With the win, UIC improves to 8-12 on the season and 3-2 in the Horizon League.
“I thought we competed hard again today,” said head coach Mike Dee. “Our guys didn’t get frustrated and we just kept grinding. We have been playing great defensive lately and that is what’s keeping us in these games. Brian Evak and Collin Weyer gave us gave a good performance on the mound.”
Freshman Cody Dykema was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a game-high three runs, while sophomore Jon Ryan tallied his second consecutive home run as he hit a solo shot in the fourth inning. Addison finished the game going 2-for-5 at the dish and a game-high 2 RBI.
Both clubs received solid performances form their respective starting pitchers. UIC freshman Brian Evak lasted 7.1 innings and gave up seven hits and two earned runs with six strikeouts. YSU’s O’Brien completed six innings with only four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts.
After a scoreless first two frames, the Flames took the lead in the top of the third a single score. Dykema started things off with a double down the left field line and was later sent home on a throwing error by the YSU shortstop.
UIC gave itself a 2-0 edge with Ryan’s homer in the bottom of the fourth inning as he sent it to the exact same location as Friday’s home run. The Oak Lawn, Ill., native now has two homers on the season.
The Penguins knotted the score at 2-2 in the top half of the fifth inning as sophomore catcher Craig Goubeaux began the frame with a solo bomb over the left field wall. The next batter, Dan Hurlimann, was walked and eventually was sent home on a double by David Leon.
The Flames retook the lead in the seventh inning as Dykema kicked things off with a single to right center. Redshirt junior Ryan Shober advanced Dykema to second with a sac bunt and Addison sent him home with hard hit single up the middle. UIC held a 3-2 lead as they headed into the top of the ninth.
The Penguins didn’t go down without a fight and once again tied the score with a run in the top half of the ninth frame. Pinch runner Chris Mitko trotted across home plate on a double from Drew Dosch.
That’s when Addison came through for UIC in the clutch with his game-winning single that drove in Dykema who reached base on a hit pitch and advanced to second and third on a sac bunt and a groundout, respectively.
The Flames and Penguins take the field again tomorrow for the series finale set to begin at 12:05 p.m. CT.