Flames Take Oakland Series with a Doubleheader Split|
April 12, 2014
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The UIC baseball team (14-15, 9-6) won its fourth straight Horizon League series on Saturday afternoon as the Flames split a doubleheader with new conference member Oakland (6-19, 1-8), claiming victory in game one by a final of 16-6 and dropping the finale, 15-3. Four separate UIC players recorded three hits on the day as junior Jake Nath paced the Flames, hitting 3-of-6 with three runs and three RBI.
Game One Recap
UIC struck first with lone runs in the first and second frames after an RBI-single from Alex Lee and a sac fly by John Coen. Lee gave the Flames a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth with another sac fly that plated freshman Brett Krause. Lee ended the game with two runs, two RBI and hit 3-of-4 from the dish.
Oakland pulled to within one of the Flames (3-2) in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs after the Grizzlies posted back-to-back RBI singles with the bases loaded. OU then knotted the score in the sixth frame at 3-3.
The Flames seemed to have found offensive momentum in the top of the seventh with a trio of runs, starting with an RBI-single from Tyler Detmer that plated Alex Jurich. Later in the inning with the bases juiced, Carl Sugihara drove in Detmer and Kolakowski after his third double of the season, giving UIC a 6-3 advantage.
The Grizzlies didn’t relent in the bottom of the seventh as they also plated three runs to once again tie the score, but would remain at six runs for the rest of the game.
The Flames went on to score 10 more runs in the final two innings, posting a six-spot in the eighth frame. UIC only had three hits in the eighth frame, but the OU pitching staff recorded three walks, three wild pitches and one hit-by-pitch. UIC then scored four runs in the final inning to cement the series victory.
Game Two Recap
The series finale did not go UIC’s way as Oakland led from start to finish. After a lone run in the first inning, the Grizzlies plated eight runners in the second frame, the most runs scored against UIC in any one inning this season. Oakland would score four more times before the Flames finally crossed home plate in the fifth inning.
Krause was walked with the bases loaded to give UIC its first score of the day and then Nath reached home after an OU wild pitch. Jacob McNamara notched UIC’s only RBI in the contest with a sac fly to right field that scored Conor Philbin.
Oakland went on to score two more runs in the seventh inning, furthering the lead to 15-3 which proved to be the final tally.
UIC returns to action on Tuesday at in-state rival Northern Illinois with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.