Baseball Starts Strong in 5-3 Win against Edgewood

Redshirt Junior Andres Ortegano
Redshirt Junior Andres Ortegano

March 26, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (9-11, 3-3 HL) totaled all five of their runs in the first four innings and held on to defeat Edgewood College (2-12, 0-0 NAC) by final score of 5-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Les Miller Field.  Redshirt senior Ryan Shober went 3-for-3 from the plate, while redshirt junior Andres Ortegano and senior Joe Betcher notched two hits apiece.  Ortegano made just his second career start for UIC and recorded a double and a triple, posting a game-high three RBI and two runs.

Sophomore pitcher Brian Evak was credited with the win as he lasted 5.1 innings, allowing a mere five hits and two runs.  Sophomore Alex Posey forced the Eagles to go three up three down in the top of the ninth to pick up his second save on the year.

Shober upped his stolen base count to a Horizon League-leading 13 with two swipes against Edgewood.

“We had great at-bats in the beginning of the game,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I thought we played better defense than we’ve been showing lately and today was actually very productive for us.”

The Flames put up three runs in the second frame, which was kicked started by a hit pitch on Ryan Boss.  Betcher advanced Boss to third on a single up the middle and then Ortegano drove them both home with a double down the left field line.  After taking third on a wild pitch, Ortegano trotted home safely off a single to center field from Shober.

UIC tacked on two more runs in the fourth as Betcher and Ortegano began the inning with back-to-back triples.  Junior John Coen eventually sent Ortegano home on a groundout to short, putting the Flames in front 5-0.

Edgewood sent its first runs across the dish in the sixth frame to cut UIC’s lead down to 5-2.  The Eagles scored their final run of the day in the eighth inning to cement the two-run Flames’ triumph.

UIC will head back to the diamond tomorrow at Indiana State with first pitch set for 5 p.m. CT.  Wednesday’s contest will be UIC’s first road game since March 3 at #2 Vanderbilt.