Baseball Comes Up Short in the 12th Against Indiana State, 8-7

Nick Addison tied the game in the ninth with a solo homer down the left field line.
Nick Addison tied the game in the ninth with a solo homer down the left field line.

April 3, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team dropped a heartbreaker in the 12th inning against Indiana State on Tuesday night by a final of 8-7 at Les Miller Field.  The four-hour loss was just the second home defeat for the Flames this season as they fall to 11-15 overall, while the Sycamores improve to 24-6.  It was the first extra inning affair for UIC this season and the first ever game versus Indiana State.

Freshman starter Tim Tarter threw seven innings and gave up four earned runs on eight hits.  Senior Matt Heaslip finished out the contest strong for UIC as he made his first appearance since March 18, but was ultimately charged with the loss.  The right-hander tossed five innings, giving up five hits and one earned run.  Indiana State fully exercised its bullpen, utilizing 10 total pitchers as Reggie Hochstedler earned the win.

Ryan Boss and Alex Lee paced the Flames offensively with three hits apiece as the team posted a season-high 16 hits on five doubles with UIC players recording at least one hit.

The Sycamores jumped in front early with two runs in the first inning, starting the contest with three straight singles.  UIC got one back in the bottom half of the first as De LaRosa began the frame with a double to left center.  Joe Betcher sent De LaRosa home on a one-baser to center field, cutting Indiana State's lead down to 2-1.

The Flames took hold of the lead in the bottom of the second inning with three runs on five hits.  Alex Jurich began the offensive explosion with a two-bagger to left center and was advanced to third on a bunt single from Lee.  Alex Grunenwald sent home Jurich and Lee across the plate with a double to right center and was bumped over to third on a bunt single from Cody Dykema.  Addison put down a bunt of his own and was thrown out at first, but advanced Dykema over to second.  Boss recorded the final RBI of the stanza, poking a shot through left side that sent Grunenwald home. 

UIC went up 5-2 in the fourth inning as Dykema singled up the middle and moved to second on a Nick Addison groundout.  Dykema was eventually plated by Boss with a single to right field.

The Flames held their three-run lead for two innings and then Indiana State ripped off two scores in the seventh and eighth innings each, taking hold of the 6-5 advantage.

Addison forced the game into extra innings with a solo bomb down the left field line in the bottom of the ninth.

Over the next two innings both squads had scoring opportunities as UIC left three men on base in the 10th and ISU left a man stranded at third to end the 11th.  That's when Indiana State notched two runs in the top of the 12th frame on four hits to go in front 8-6.

The Flames took one those runs back in the bottom half of the 12th as Jurich scored off a Lee double, but with two men left on base the Flames recorded the third out, sealing the one-run win for ISU.

UIC returns to action on Thursday as they host conference-foe Valparaiso, beginning at 6:05 p.m. CT.