McKinley Pitches UIC to 6-2 Victory against Indiana State

Redshirt junior Mike McKinley
Redshirt junior Mike McKinley

March 28, 2013

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CHICAGO – Redshirt junior Mike McKinley tossed his best game in a Flames’ uniform as he and the UIC baseball team (10-11, 3-3) earned the win against Indiana State on Wednesday evening by a final score of 6-2.  McKinley tossed seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and fanning five Sycamore batters.  The Flames totaled five doubles in the contest and out-hit Indiana State 13-5.  UIC snaps ISU’s five-game win streak and earns its second win over a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant this season (Texas A&M).

“McKinley gave us a great start today,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “Our offense kept the pressure on Indiana State all game with productive at-bats.  Today was a good win for us against a great ball club.”

The Flames got things rolling with two runs in the first inning off a two-RBI single from redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald.  Grunenwald led the team with three RBI on the day, notching his fifth multiple RBI game of the season.

After UIC scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Flames found one more run in the top of the ninth frame off an RBI-single from junior Jacob McNamara to give UIC the 6-0 lead.

The Sycamores began the stages of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning with two runs, but was cut short on a line out to Ryan Shober at center field, finalizing the UIC win.

The Flames return to action of Friday against Western Illinois with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. CT.