Baseball Drops Pitchers Dual Against Valpo on Friday Night, 3-2

Freshman pitcher Brian Evak
Freshman pitcher Brian Evak

April 6, 2012

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team suffered its second-straight loss to Valparaiso on Friday night at home by a final score of 3-2.  Both squads received tremendous pitching from starters Brian Evak and Valpo’s Kevin Wild.  Wild earned the win on a complete game, scattering seven hits as Evak was charged with the loss, allowing seven hits and three earned runs over 8 2/3 innings.  Alex Grunenwald and Alex De LaRosa paced the Flames offensively with five of the team’s seven hits.

With the loss, UIC falls to 11-17 on the season and 5-6 in the Horizon League, while Valpo improves to 10-18 and 6-5.

The Flames jump on the board first with a run in the second inning as Alex Jurich reached on a single to left field.  Grunenwald followed that up with a single of his own up the middle that sent Jurich to second and Joe Betcher laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the two Alex’s to second and third.  Jurich was plated by Nick Addison on a sac fly to center field.

The Crusaders knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the third inning as Grant Yoder crossed home plate on an Andrew Bain single to left field.  They eventually grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fifth frame with two runs on two hits.

The Flames grabbed a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as De LaRosa began the frame with a double to right center field.  He dashed over to third base on a wild pitch from VU’s Wild and was eventually sent home on a sac fly from Cody Dykema, proving to be the last score of the contest.

Saturday’s series finale is set to begin at 1:05 p.m. CT as senior Matt Salemi will take the mound for the Flames.