Nine Errors Doom Milwaukee in 8-2 UIC Win|
March 29, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (7-12, 3-4) captured game one of a three-game series against Horizon League-foe Milwaukee (4-11, 0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Curtis Granderson Stadium by a final score of 8-2. The Panthers committed a program record nine errors on the day that lead to four unearned runs for the Flames. Junior pitcher Tomas Michelson was superb on the mound as he was credited with the win and improves to 2-2 overall. Michelson allowed just five hits, no earned runs and struck out six UWM batters in eight innings of work.
“Tomas pitched a great game and that was the key,” said UIC Head Coach Mike Dee. “He really set the tone today and for the first time this season he didn’t get himself in trouble by walking or hitting a lot of guys.”
Senior Jacob McNamara paced UIC at the dish by going 3-for-4, his eighth multi-hit game of the season, and improves his team-leading batting average to .409. He also extended his reached-base streak to 17 games. Junior Jake Nath was the other lone Flame to record two or more hits as he went 2-for-5 from the plate.
“I thought we played great offensively and overall I am encouraged,” said Dee. “That’s three games in a row now that we’ve played really well. Tomorrow we have to come out and try to win the series.”
Nath kicked things off in the second frame by scoring on a wild pitch and McNamara made it a 2-0 UIC lead after he poked an RBI-single to centerfield. The Flames tacked on another run in the third as senior John Coen was able to trot home safely after a throwing error by the UWM third baseman.
The tally remained 3-0 until the seventh inning when both teams plated two runners apiece. After singles by Alex Jurich and McNamara, Coen sent Jurich across the dish with a sac bunt that also sent McNamara to second. A balk by UWM pitcher Brian Keller pushed McNamara to third and he eventually scored as a result of another throwing error by UWM’s third baseman.
Heading into the eighth inning and the score at 5-2, the Flames plated the game’s final three runs as they took advantage of two more UWM miscues. Alex Lee began the inning with a double down the right field line, his second two-baser of the season. Tommy Field came in to pinch run for Lee and eventually scored off an RBI-single from Nath. On the next play, Conor Philbin crossed home plate after a throwing error by the UWM catcher. Nath worked his way around the bags after a stolen base and sac bunt. Coen sent him home on a sac fly to left field which cemented the six-run triumph for UIC.
Sunday’s doubleheader will commence at 12:05 p.m. CT. Sophomore Ian Lewandowski will start game one with sophomore Jack Anderson on deck for game two.