Baseball Splits Double Header at Butler
April 15, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIC baseball team split a twin bill against Horizon League-foe Butler on Sunday afternoon at Bulldog Park, winning the first game in 13 innings, 7-5, while dropping the second match, 9-8. After Sunday’s action, the Flames move to 14-19 on the year and 8-7 in the conference, ranking third in the standings.
“Today was a long day and we competed great,” said head coach Mike Dee. “We should have won the second game, but did not deserve it because we didn’t execute our style of defense. I am encouraged by the progress we have made offensively this past week.”
Game One – Pitcher Charlie Weinberg was credited with the win as he finished the contest and threw five innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits while fanning three BU batters. The Flames recorded 17 total hits in the affair with four UIC players earning multiple hits. Shortstop Alex Lee led the team going 4-of-7 at the plate.
Butler jumped in front with a score in the first inning, but UIC answered back with three runs in the top half of the second frame. Alex Grunenwald began the surge with a single to centerfield which was duplicated by Jon Ryan, moving Grunenwald to second base. Joe Betcher than laid down a bunt which sent Ryan to second and Grunewald advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. With the bases loaded, Alex Jurich tallied a sac fly that scored Grunenwald and moved Ryan to third. After Betcher stole second, Cody Dykema and Nick Addison recorded back-to-back walks which forced Ryan across home plate. Alex De LaRosa posted the final RBI of the inning with a sac fly centerfield, plating Betcher.
The Flames held a 3-1 edge until the fourth and fifith innings, when the Bulldogs ripped off four straight runs, including three in the fifth, to pull ahead 5-3.
UIC knotted the score in the seventh frame with two runs as De LaRosa and Alex Lee started things off with consecutive singles. Grunenwald eventually notched the first RBI with a one-base poke through the left side and Ryan capture the other with a double toward right center.
After nine innings, the score was still tied at 5-5 and the contest went into extra innings. Five scoreless innings passed and then UIC collected two runs in the top of the 13th frame to seal the victory. Addison and Lee were credited with the RBI with singles to centerfield.
Game Two – Heartbreak struck in the ninth inning for UIC as they let an 8-5 lead slip away, giving up four runs on five hits, eventually dropping the contest, 9-8. A bright spot for the Flames was right-fielder Jon Ryan as he went 4-of-5 from the dish with three RBI and two runs.
Butler stormed out early with three runs in the first inning, totaling three singles and taking advantage of UIC fielding error. The Flames chipped away at the 3-0 bulldog lead and knotted the score at 3-3 by the top half of the third inning.
Butler regained the advantage in the fifth frame off a two-run homer by Jimmy Risi, his ninth of the year, as they lead 5-3.
UIC took one score back in the sixth inning as Ryan began the stanza with bunt single toward third base. Betcher followed that up with a double to left field and Cody Dykema sent Ryan home on a sacrifice bunt.
The score was once again tied, 5-5, after the top half of the seventh inning with UIC sending another man across the dish. De LaRosa, who began the frame with a double, was plated by Ryan Boss who tallied a RBI sac fly to right field.
The Flames used an offensive surge in the top half of the ninth inning to score three runs, owning an 8-5 lead with three left to play. The Bulldogs proved to have just enough fight left and recorded four runs on five hits, taking advantage of two Flame’s errors in the final half inning.
UIC returns to action on Tuesday at home as the Flames host No. 18 Purdue with first pitch set for 6:05 pm CT.