Baseball Falls at #20 Notre Dame, 6-2

Redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald
Redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald

April 2, 2013

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The UIC baseball team (13-12) had its six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday evening by a final score of 6-2 against #20 Notre Dame (16-9) at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.  This marks the Flames’ first loss to the Fighting Irish since May 1, 2007 as UIC had won the previous four meetings.  The Flames spotted Notre Dame three runs in the first inning, which proved to be too much for UIC to overcome.

ND’s starter pitcher Matt Ternowchek kept the Flames off balance at the plate, giving up a mere four hits in six innings to earn his fourth win of the season.  Closer Donnie Hissa picked up the save with three innings of work, yielding just one hit and retiring the other nine batters he faced.

“I know this didn’t show up in the score, but I think we did some good things offensively,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “We actually took a step forward tonight.”

Once the Irish went ahead 3-0, they tacked on additional runs in the third and fourth inning to bolster their lead to 5-0.  The Flames offense came alive in the top of the sixth with two runs as junior John Coen slapped an infield single to kick things off.  Coen was then driven home by redshirt senior Ryan Shober with a double down the left field line.  Two batters later, sophomore Tyler Detmer sent Shober across the dish with a two-bagger of his own to left center. 

Notre Dame would score once more in the bottom of the seventh frame to break its three-game losing streak.

Redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald was the lone Flame with two hits as he upped his season batting average to .301.

UIC will head to Big Ten-member Northwestern on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. CT start time.  The Flames have won four of the past six matchups against the Wildcats and seven of the last 11.