Flames Power Their Way to an 18-5 Romp Against Purdue

Alex Lee hit his first career homer against Purdue.
Alex Lee hit his first career homer against Purdue.

April 1, 2014

Box Score: UIC 18, Purdue 5 Get Acrobat Reader

CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (9-13) overpowered Big Ten-member Purdue (5-19) by a final score of 18-5 on Tuesday night at Granderson Stadium.  The Flames led wire-to-wire as they jumped out to a 10-0 advantage after three innings, which included a second frame six-run surge.  UIC scored another six runs in the seventh inning and then a pair of scores in the eighth stanza to cement the Flames’ largest run total since May 24, 2012, when UIC plated 19 versus Wright State.  The Flames also totaled a season-high 16 hits compared to seven for Purdue.

The 13-run victory is UIC’s largest triumph over a Big Ten opponent since May 9, 2006, when the Flames dominated in-state rival Northwestern by a margin of 23-5 at Les Miller Field.

Redshirt junior Alex Lee belted his first career homer during UIC’s second inning burst; a three-run bomb that cleared the left-center wall.  Senior Alex Jurich went yard on his second grand slam of the season in the seventh frame as he finished the game with a team-season high six RBI.  The Minnesota native also recorded his second double of the season and now owns a team-best .513 slugging percentage to go along with a team-high 25 RBI.

Redshirt sophomore Joe Perricone improved his mound record to 2-0 on the season after he tossed five innings, while giving up five hits and four runs.  Redshirt senior Mike Schoolcraft come in for Perricone and pitched three frames, allowing just two hits and zero runs, while junior Alex Posey finished off Purdue in the ninth.

Nine different UIC players recorded at least one hit on Tuesday night as senior Jacob McNamara and John Coen posted three each.  McNamara went 3-for-5 in the midweek tilt and improved his league-leading batting average to .439.  He also scored four runs for the second consecutive game. 

Redshirt junior Zenon Kolakowski went 2-for-4 as he notched his second straight multi-hit effort as well as consecutive doubles.  Junior Jeff Boehm tallied three RBI on the day, bringing his season total to 10 in just 12 games played.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the fifth inning when Purdue freshman Ted Snidanko crashed head first into the outfield fence after a spectacular diving catch.  A 25-minue delay ensued as paramedics took the Homer Glen, Ill., native to a nearby hospital.

The Flames’ next scheduled contest will be on Friday at home against Horizon League-foe Youngstown State with first pitch set for 4:05 p.m. CT.