Flames Fall in Game Two of Valpo Series, 6-2

April 6, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. - The UIC baseball team (14-14, 4-4) dropped the second contest of a three-game series at Valparaiso by a final score of 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  Offensive and defensive woes plagued the Flames as they tallied just one hit and three errors on the day.  With UIC winning game one, the rubber match is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.

Starting pitcher Joey Begel battled for 7.2 innings as he allowed four runs with two of those being earned.  Valpo's Chris DeBoo held UIC without a hit over six innings and struck out seven Flames' batters, earning his second win of the season.

"I'm a little disappointed with our performance defensively and at the plate," said head coach Mike Dee.  "Joey (Begel) did a great job of competing and it's a shame we weren't able to do more for him.

The Flames posted their first run in the third inning as redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald tallied the RBI on a bases-loaded walk that scored junior John Coen, cutting Valpo's lead to 2-1. 

Down 3-1 in the eighth frame, UIC knocked in another run as redshirt junior Andres Ortegano ripped a double to left center to kick things off.  He advanced to third on a wild pitch and was then able to score off an error by the third baseman as Grunenwald safely reached first.

The Crusader offensive put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth with three runs, cementing the 6-2 final score.