Baseball Drops Twin Bill and Series against Wright State
April 13, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (16-16, 6-6 HL) held a 5-3 lead in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader against Wright State (16-17, 6-6 HL), but a six-run seventh inning for the Raiders pinned the series loss on the Flames. UIC fell in game one by a final of 6-4 as WSU led wire-to-wire despite a late rally from the Flames. Four errors in game two plagued UIC as they are now tied with the Raiders for second place in the conference.
UIC posted three homeruns on the day with two coming from redshirt junior Ryan Boss and the other from redshirt junior Andres Ortegano, his first career blast. Boss now has five homers on the season and 18 in his career, needing just two more to crack the program top-10 leaderboard.
“Today was disappointing for us,” said head coach Mike Dee. “We had consistently bad at-bats and that puts a lot of pressure on our pitching. We played below average defense and that won’t cut it against a good team like Wright State.”
In game one, the Flames found themselves in a 6-0 deficit heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when Ortegano went yard to right field to plate three runs and chop WSU’s lead in half. After holding the Raiders scoreless in the ninth, Boss drilled his first dinger over the wall in left center as he attempted to ignite a Flames rally. Unfortunately for UIC a strikeout, line out and fly out halted the momentum and secured the Raider win.
In the rubber match, the Flames dug an early 3-0 hole after three frames. WSU starter Cody Kopilchack seemed nearly untouchable in the first three innings as he fanned six UIC batters.
Kopilchack fell apart in the fourth as the Flames sent two runners across the dish. Carl Sugihara was hit by a pitch to start things off and Detmer joined him on base with a walk. Alex Grunenwald pushed both runners up a bag as he was also hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases for Boss. Sugihara would score on a wild pitch and Detmer scampered home on a passed ball before Boss was walked. After another base on balls to Alex De LaRosa, Kopilchack was sidelined for Trevor Swaney who escaped the inning unscathed. Swaney would later earn the win to improve his season record to 3-0.
With the Raiders in front 3-2, Boss delivered his second homer of the day in the fifth inning which sailed over the right field wall. Three runs crossed home plate and UIC took hold of the 5-3 advantage.
That lead would hold true until the seventh inning when the Raiders scored six runs bolstered by two UIC errors, giving WSU a 9-6 edge. Wright State added two insurance runs in the ninth frame on back-to-back homers to solidify the five-run triumph.
The Flames will return to the diamond on Tuesday at home against Chicago State with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.