UIC Outslugs YSU in Series Opening Win, 15-11

Redshirt junior Andres Ortegano
Redshirt junior Andres Ortegano

April 19, 2013

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NILES, Ohio – Friday’s series opening contest between UIC (18-16, 7-6) and Youngstown State (11-27, 6-7) displayed tremendous offensive play, but ultimately the Flames came away with the 15-11 victory at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.  Four separate UIC batters tallied multiple RBIs as the Flames were led by redshirt junior Ryan Boss who went 4-for-6 at the plate with four runs and two RBI.  Junior John Coen posted five RBI on a 2-for-2 afternoon, while redshirt senior Alex Grunenwald and redshirt junior Andres Ortegano drove in three runs apiece.

“Today was a great win,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “We competed very hard and kept our composure even when it would have been easy not to.”

Sophomore pitcher Tomas Michelson was credited with the win, improving his season record to 5-2 as he struck out six batters in 6.2 innings.  Seniors Joe Betcher and Ryan Shober added to UIC’s offensive surge with two hits each.

After the Penguins put up two runs in the bottom of the first, UIC plated four in the second frame and held YSU scoreless for five straight innings.  By the end of the fourth inning, the Flames were touting a 7-2 advantage that carried into the seventh frame. 

UIC stretched that lead out to 10-2 off a two-run homer form Grunenwald and sac fly-RBI compliments of Coen.  Grunenwald continues to front the Horizon League in home runs this season with seven.  The Flames would need that cushion for the bottom half of the seventh as Youngstown rattled off seven runs on their final out, cutting UIC’s lead down to 10-9.

The Flames went on to outscore the Penguins 5-2 in the final two innings to conclude the three-hour and 17-minue affair. 

In the ninth inning, Boss went yard with his sixth home run of the season and the 19 of his career.  He needs just one more homer to crack UIC’s top-10 career leaderboard.

Saturday’s contest is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CT as senior pitcher Joey Begel will get the nod.