Baseball Wins Fifth Straight; Defeats Notre Dame at Home, 8-5
March 27, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team posted its fifth-straight win in an 8-5 triumph over Big East-foe Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Les Miller Field. The Flames now have won the last four meetings against the Fighting Irish, picking up victories in each of the last three seasons. Junior Nick Addison and Ryan Boss provided much of the fire power as they each notched a home run. Sophomore pitcher Collin Weyer captured his third win of the season as freshman hurler Brian Evak collected the save.
With the win, the Flames improve to 10-12 on the season and 6-1 at home.
“Tonight was a really good win for us,” said head coach Mike Dee. “In the last few weeks I think we have really figured out how to compete and tonight we are pleased with the win.”
Freshman lefthander Tim Tarter received the nod for UIC and threw 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. Notre Dame’s starter Patrick Veerkamp lasted just two innings, giving up four runs as the Irish exercised its bullpen using six total pitchers on the evening. Leading the Flames offensively, Addison had a game-high three hits and totaled three runs as Boss tallied a game-high three RBI on 2-of-4 hitting.
UIC went up early with three scores in the first inning and was kicked started by a double to left field from Addison. Freshman Cody Dykema followed that up with a double of his own that sent Addison home. Reigning Horizon League Batter of the Week Boss then sent a shot over the left field fence, driving in the two final runs of the frame.
The Flames added another run in the second inning as Addison recorded his second home run of the season on a blast over the centerfield wall, giving UIC the 4-0 lead.
Notre Dame put its first run on the board in the fourth frame as catcher Joe Hudson ripped an RBI triple to centerfield that scored teammate Trey Mancini.
The Irish knotted the count at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning by producing three runs on just one hit, but took advantage of two UIC errors, a walk and a hit pitch.
Notre Dame grabbed hold of its first lead in the seventh inning as Mancini sent a moon shot over the wall in left center field, giving ND the 5-4 edge heading into the stretch.
That lead didn’t last long as the Flames struck back with three runs in the bottom half of the seventh frame. Sophomore catcher Alex Jurich kicked things off with a double to left center. On the next at bat, junior Ryan Shober reached second base on a throwing error by the pitcher and Jurich was able to cross the plate. Addison then legged out a bunt single which advanced Shober to third. Shober was eventually sent home on a single from Boss that sent Addison to second. Later in the inning, sophomore Jon Ryan drove Addison home on single to left field which yielded a 7-5 UIC advantage.
The Flames tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning as junior Joe Betcher was able to score on a wild pitch from third base.
UIC returns to the field this weekend as they travel to Milwaukee for a three-game series against the Panthers, beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.