Baseball Falls Twice To Milwaukee At Home
April 9, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team tallied just 11 hits in two games while the Milwaukee Panthers banged out a combined 28 hits in a doubleheader sweep at Les Miller Field on Saturday by scores of 10-1 and 6-5.
The offense struggled mightily in the opener on Saturday as the Flames (13-15, 4-5 Horizon League) collected just six hits in a 10-1 defeat. Eric Semmelhack (2-4) was effective on the bump for the Panthers (11-16, 5-1 Horizon League) in earning his second win this season. The right-hander allowed just one run on four hits over 6.1 innings while striking out seven.
Milwaukee held a 1-0 lead after the top of the first, but it would remain there until the top of the fourth when the Panthers added two runs on three singles and a sacrifice bunt off UIC starter Matt Heaslip (2-3). The visitors scored twice in the sixth inning to go up 5-0. A two-run homer over the right field fence by Paul Honecke made it 7-0 entering the bottom of the seventh.
The UIC offense awoke ever so slightly in the bottom of that frame. Steve McGuiggan drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Alex De LaRosa walked with two away, Andy Leonard delivered an RBI single up the middle to plate the home team's only run in the opener.
One day after his eight-game hitting streak was snapped, Leonard was the only Flames batter to record a multi-hit game (2-for-4).
The Flames surrendered a one-run lead in the top of the ninth to fall in the nightcap, 6-5.
Chad Pierce singled to the hole at shortstop before being lifted for pinch-runner Nick Lingvay. The next batter, one of the conference's top hitters, pushed a bunt to the right side that was fielded by first baseman Jason Ganek. Ganek tossed the ball to reliever Eric Wyman and the left-hander attempted to catch the ball with his throwing hand and could not secure it, allowing Dekoning to reach on the error. After a sacrifice bunt by Hoenecke, Sam Sivilotti delivered a two-run single to right center field and the Panthers maintained a 6-5 advantage, one that would hold as UIC quietly went three up and three down in the bottom of the ninth.
Milwaukee had led game two, 4-1, when the Flames sent all nine batters to the plate and they rallied for four runs to take their first lead of the day. Jacob McNamara, Harry Kammholz and Jon Ryan all delivered RBI singles in the frame with De LaRosa, Matt Serna and McNamara scoring the runs. Nick Addison also scored the first run of the inning after recording UIC's first hit of the game, a solid base hit to left field off starter Jordan Guth.
McNamara was also responsible for the first Flames run of the day with an RBI ground out in the second inning that scored Serna who had reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Leonard.
Joey Begel started the ballgame for UIC. The sophomore did not factor in the decision after lasting 5.1 IP; he allowed four runs on nine hits Saturday.
The Flames will continue their current nine-game home stand with the fifth contest on
Tuesday night against the Big Ten's Northwestern Wildcats. First pitch at Les Miller Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. UIC will return to Horizon League play with a three-game series against the Wright State Raiders beginning Friday evening at 6:05 p.m.