Baseball Cruises to 6-1 Victory against Wright State

Sophomore hurler Tomas Michelson
Sophomore hurler Tomas Michelson

April 12, 2013

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CHICAGO – Sophomore Tomas Michelson recorded his first career complete game and his fourth win of the season as the UIC baseball team (16-14, 6-4) defeated Wright State (14-17, 4-6) by a score of 6-1 on Friday night at Les Miller Field.  Michelson scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run, striking out a career-high eight WSU batters.  The Flames found success at the plate with 11 hits as redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald led the charge by going 3-of-4 and was a home run shy for hitting the cycle.

After the game, the decision was made to play a doubleheader on Saturday with the first contest starting at 1 p.m. CT.  Sunday’s forecast calls for variable rain showers throughout the day.

“Tomas (Michelson) is a competitor and he had another great outing tonight,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “It’s always important to have a good start on Friday and for Tomas to throw nine innings is huge for our bullpen.  Tonight was a great team effort and we should have some momentum heading into tomorrow.”

Wright State took the 1-0 lead in the first inning after a UIC error allowed the Raiders to plate an early run.

The Flames regrouped and posted three scores in the second frame as Grunenwald kicked off the inning with a single to right center.  He was then driven home by redshirt junior Ryan Boss on a double to right center as Boss was advanced to third off a sac bunt from senior Alex De LaRosa.  After Betcher walked, he scampered to second base on a wild pitch and then junior John Coen sent Boss across the dish with a single to right field.  The next batter, junior Jacob McNamara, plated senior Joe Betcher on a one-baser to right center, putting the Flames in front 3-1.

Grunenwald reached base in the third frame on a double to left field and was eventually sent home on a sac fly from Boss, his second RBI of the game.

The Flames tacked on two more runs with single scores in the fifth and sixth innings to cement the final count of 6-1.  Sophomore Tyler Detmer and McNamara picked up the lone RBI as Andres Ortegano and Betcher crossed the dish, respectively.  McNamara finished the night with two RBI and two hits. will provide free live audio of tomorrow’s doubleheader with “The Voice of the Flames” Justin Weiner bringing you the call.