UIC Powers Past Youngstown State, 12-6|
April 4, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (10-13, 5-5 HL) used home runs from Jeff Boehm, Tyler Detmer and Zenon Kolakowski to power past Youngstown State, 12-6, Friday afternoon at Curtis Granderson Stadium. The Flames have won three straight games and six of their last seven. UIC improves to 27-1 against YSU (4-18, 0-3 HL) at home since the Penguins joined the conference in 2002.
Boehm led UIC with three hits and three RBIs. Detmer launched his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning and Kolakowski hit a three-run home run, his first career homer, in the eighth inning. Alex Lee had two hits, two RBIs and crossed the plate three times.
Tomas Michelson started on the mound for the Flames and allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings. He struck out eight Penguins, tying a career-high, and improved to 3-2 this season.
"Our guys were very resilient today,” said Head Coach Mike Dee. “There were a lot of distractions that could have effected their play, but they stay focused. We’ve played really well in the past eight games and I know we can continue to get better.”
The Flames jumped on top of YSU with four runs in the first frame as Boehm kicked things off with his three-run blast. Freshman Mickey McDonald then sent redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin across the dish with a sac fly to give UIC an early 4-0 lead.
The Penguins plated their first run in the top of the third as Kris Moules scored off an error by the UIC third baseman. UIC responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Detmer began the frame with his solo blast to centerfield. Philbin made it 6-1 advantage UIC when he recorded a sac fly to right field that scored Lee.
Both squads plated three runs in the fifth inning, bringing the count to 9-4 in favor of the Flames. Senior Jacob McNamara ripped a double to right center that scored McDonald, his 37th hit of the season. Two batters later, Lee posted both of his RBI with a single through the left side that scored McNamara and Krause.
YSU came within three of UIC after scoring lone runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Kolakowski’s three-run jack in the bottom of the eighth permanently distanced the Flames and cemented the six-run triumph.
The Flames look for their third consecutive HL series win Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Curtis Granderson Stadium.