Panthers Pull Away From Flames on Sunday, 7-3

Senior pitcher Matt Salemi
Senior pitcher Matt Salemi

April 1, 2012

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MILWAUKEE – The UIC baseball team dropped a 7-3 decision against Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field.  The Flames remained one run down heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when Milwaukee used a three-score surge to seal the Horizon League win.  With the loss, UIC falls to 11-14 on the season and 5-4 in the conference.

"The series was hard fought," said head coach Mike Dee.  "The difference was we were unable to make the big pitch or make the big hit when we needed it.  Milwaukee deserved to win the series."

Sophomore Jon Ryan was the lone Flame with multiple hits as he piloted the offense going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

The Flames held an early 1-0 lead after the top half of the first inning as Alex De LaRosa reached first base on a walk and was advanced to third on a single to center field by junior Joe Betcher.  The next batter, Jon Ryan, sent De LaRosa home with a one-baser to right center.

Milwaukee knotted the score at 1-1 and eventually took hold of the lead by scoring a single run in first and second inning with the second score being unearned for UIC starter Matt Salemi.  Salemi gave the Flames a good effort, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing just six and three earned runs.

UIC tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the fourth frame on sacrifice fly from De LaRosa that plated Alex Grunenwald.  The Flames left two on base that inning with runners on second and third.

The Panthers pulled ahead once again with two consecutive runs in the fifth and sixth stanza, owning a 4-2 lead with three frames left to play.

UIC made the tally 4-3 in the top of the seventh as Ryan Boss started the production with a two-out single up the middle and was pushed to second with a Betcher walk.  Jon Ryan juiced the bases with an infield single to the pitcher.  Alex Jurich notched the RBI with a single that sent Boss across the dish, proving to be the last Flames’ run of the day.

UIC returns to the field on Tuesday at home against Indiana State with a scheduled start time of 6:05 p.m. CT.