Baseball Defeats WIU on Ryan Boss Walk-Off Homer in the 11th|
March 29, 2013
CHICAGO – Redshirt junior Ryan Boss belted his first career walk-off home run in the 11th inning of as the UIC baseball team (11-11, 3-3) defeated Western Illinois (6-15, 0-0) 3-2 on Friday night at Les Miller Field. Boss sent his 16th career homer over the right field wall just past the outreached glove of the WIU’s Joey White, giving UIC the series-opening triumph.
Freshman pitcher Jack Andersen was credited with the win as he tossed the final three innings, allowing just two hits and zero runs. Sophomore starter Tomas Michelson gave the Flames eight solid frames, scattering seven hits and striking out seven batters, a new career-high. The two runs Michelson gave up were unearned.
“I thought our pitching was outstanding,” said head coach Mike Dee. “Western Illinois is a good ball club and I told our guys to expect a fight. Ryan (Boss) came up huge for us tonight, but we have to refocus and get ready for tomorrow.”
Redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald performed well at the plate with two doubles and two runs. He was the first score of the game in the second inning as senior Joe Betcher sent him home from third on a sac fly. Grunenwald scored once again in the sixth frame as Boss drove him in with a single to center field.
The Leathernecks posted their two runs in the top of the eighth which forced extra innings. After a scoreless 10th frame and a retired side for WIU in the 11th, Boss went yard with one out in the bottom of the 11th to conclude the evening.
“It feels pretty good,” said Boss. “I was able to take advantage of a pitch I saw him throw right before that.”
Saturday’s game will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT as freshman Ian Lewandowski will take the hill for UIC.