Flames Hang On for 4-3 Win to Take Series at Valpo

Sophomore Tyler Detmer
Sophomore Tyler Detmer

April 7, 2013

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VALPARAISO, Ind. – The UIC baseball team (15-14, 5-4) took two-of-three from the defending Horizon League champions Valparaiso ( 11-19, 2-7) this weekend with a 4-3 series win on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  Freshman pitcher Ian Lewandowski improved his season record to 3-1 as he tossed seven innings and limited Valpo to eight hits and two earned runs.  Sophomore Tyler Detmer paced UIC at the plate by going 3-for-5, while senior Joe Betcher went 2-for-4.

With the win, UIC is now tied-for-second in the conference standings with Youngstown State as the Penguins won two games against league-leading Milwaukee this weekend.

“We are very pleased to have won a road series against the defending league champs,” said head coach Mike Dee.

UIC posted the game’s first run in the top of the second as redshirt junior Ryan Boss began the frame with a single to centerfield.  Betcher followed that up with an infield single that sent Boss to second base.  Boss would eventually score on a RBI-single to left center compliments of redshirt senior Ryan Shober.

After Betcher tacked on another UIC run in the fourth off a bases loaded wild pitch, the Crusaders tallied their first score in the bottom half of the fourth, cutting the Flames’ lead to 2-1.

UIC responded immediately with two runs in the fifth as Andres Ortegano and Detmer knocked back-to-back doubles in the early stages of the frame.  Detmer now has eight doubles on the season and a team-leading .327 batting average.  With Ortegano already across home plate, Detmer was advanced home on a fielder’s choice by Boss, extending UIC’s advantage to 4-1.

The Flames were able to withstand a late rally from the Crusaders as Valpo recorded two runs in the bottom of the eighth.  Freshman hurler Jack Andersen held on for his second save of the season as he gave up just two hits in two innings.

UIC returns to action on Tuesday at home against Bradley with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. CT.