Flames Sweep WIU with Ninth-Inning Heroics on Sunday
March 31, 2013
CHICAGO – Sophomore Tyler Detmer drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning with a single down the left field line as the UIC baseball team (13-11) completed the sweep against Western Illinois (6-17) on Sunday by a final score of 6-5. The Leathernecks mounted an impressive comeback in the top of the ninth, scoring four runs to knot the tally at 5-5. Redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald was solely responsible for four UIC runs with a grand slam in the third inning.
“This was a great series for us,” said head coach Mike Dee. “Anytime you win three games in a weekend you’ve done a good job. I am pleased with the progress with continue to make, but I don’t think we are playing our best baseball yet. There is still some room for improvement.”
The Flames displayed outstanding defense and pitching over the three-game set, holding the Leathernecks scoreless in 26 total innings and allowing just seven runs.
After the Flames gave up a single score in the top of the third, Grunenwald countered with his four-RBI bomb to center field that was approximately 420 feet in length.
UIC tacked on an additional run in the sixth as senior Joe Betcher recorded a ground-rule double that drove in junior Alex Jurich. Jurich reached base on a walk and was pushed over to second on a Connor Philbin groundout. Betcher paced UIC at the plate with three hits on three at-bats.
The Leathernecks were able to take advantage of the UIC pitching staff in the top of the ninth with three walks and two hits to send four men across the dish. With score tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, redshirt senior Ryan Shober started things off with a single to left field. That’s when Detmer lined a rope down the left field line which scored Shober and sealed the Flames’ victory.
UIC currently rides a six-game winning streak and will be back in action on Tuesday at Notre Dame for a 4:35 p.m. CT start time. The Flames will play another mid-week game at Northwestern on Wednesday with first pitch set for 3 p.m.