Baseball Wiped Out By Purdue, 17-3

Senior <b>Andy Leonard</b> had two of UIC's seven doubles during Wednesday's loss against Purdue.
Senior Andy Leonard had two of UIC's seven doubles during Wednesday's loss against Purdue.

April 20, 2011

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team suffered its largest margin of defeat of the season on Wednesday, falling to the visiting Purdue Boilermakers, 17-3.

After retiring the first three batters he faced Wednesday, right-hander Charlie Weinberg (4-3) ran into trouble in the second inning. The Boilermakers (25-12) sent nine men to the plate, scoring five runs off the sophomore. Angelo Cianfracco, David Miller, Tyler Spillner and Eric Charles all recorded RBI hits in the inning for Purdue.

The Flames (16-16) sliced the deficit to three in their half of the second with the bottom-third of the lineup getting it done for Mike Dee's squad. Andy Leonard and Jon Ryan produced back-to-back doubles to left field and Harry Kammholz singled back up the middle to give UIC its first two runs of the ballgame.

The Boilermakers broke the game open in the top of the third inning with six more runs off Weinberg and reliever Tim Suminski. Purdue scored all six runs despite producing just three hits in the frame. Flames pitching issued four walks and UIC committed an error in the inning in which the Boilermakers sent 11 batters to the dish.

Purdue added four more runs in the fourth inning off Suminski and another two in the fifth off Collin Weyer to take a 17-2 lead at The Mill.

The Flames added a third run in the sixth inning off reliever, and Evergreen Park, Ill. native, Pat Gannon. Leonard poked his second double of the game down the right field line. The school's all-time leader in two-baggers came around to score on John Coen's pinch-hit RBI-single four batters later.

Seven of UIC's 10 hits on Wednesday evening were doubles, marking a season-high. Jason Ganek and Leonard each had two, while Nick Addison, Ryan and Josh Nevers each had one.

Weyer allowed two runs in relief, but the freshman struck-out three batters, a career-high in three innings of work. Ryan and Ganek each tossed one scoreless inning in relief.

Robert Ramer (4-0) got the win for Purdue after allowing two runs in three innings of work. Mike Sudbury picked up his first save of the season after effectively working the final three innings of the game.

The two teams will meet one more time during the final week of the regular season, on May 17 when the Flames will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for a 3 p.m. game.

UIC will jump back into Horizon League play on Friday afternoon when it begins a three-game series in Indianapolis, Ind. against the Butler Bulldogs. Friday's first pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT with a doubleheader to follow on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.