Baseball Falls to No. 16 Purdue on Tuesday Night, 12-2

Redshirt junior Nick Addison
Redshirt junior Nick Addison

April 17, 2012

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CHICAGO –The UIC baseball team dropped a non-conference game against No. 16 Purdue on Tuesday night at Les Miller Field by a final score of 12-2.  The Boilermakers carried a 12-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Nick Addison avoided the shutout with a two-run double on the final out of the frame.  With the loss, the Flames fall to 14-20 on the season and remain 8-7 in the Horizon League.

Purdue came into the game with the second-best winning percentage in the country (.848) and ranked sixth in the NCAA with a team batting average of .325.  The nationally-ranked Boilermakers scored early and often with four runs in both the first and second innings to take the 8-0 lead after two frames.

Purdue eventually extended its lead to 12-0 with one-run innings in the third, fourth, sixth and eighth stanzas.  The Boilermakers were paced offensively by shortstop Jared Miller as he went 3-for-4 at the dish, posting four RBI.  Second baseman Eric Charles also went 3-for-4 from the plate, scoring four of his team’s 12 runs.

The Flames sprinkled their six hits among six different players as Alex De LaRosa, Alex Grunenwald, Cody Dykema and Jon Ryan notched a single, while Jacob McNamara and Nick Addison tallied a double.

UIC returns to action on Friday for a three-game series against Horizon League-leading Wright State with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. CT.