Penguins Force Rubber Match with 12-7 Win on Saturday
April 20, 2013
NILES, Ohio – The UIC baseball team (18-17, 7-7) held a 3-0 lead against Youngstown State (12-27, 7-7) after three innings, but the Penguins scored 12 unanswered runs over the next four frames, cruising to a 12-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. Both programs are now tied-for-second in the Horizon League standings with an identical conference record of 7-7. Sunday’s series finale will commence at approximately 11:10 a.m. CT after originally being scheduled for Noon.
“We haven’t done what we needed to do on the mound these past two days,” said head coach Mike Dee. “We need to figure that out for tomorrow and get the job done.”
Aside from struggles on the hill, UIC also committed three errors compared to zero for YSU. Penguins’ starting pitcher Patrick O’Brien was efficient as he allowed just six hits and three runs in seven innings of work, collecting his third win of the season.
After two initial scoreless innings, the Flames struck first with three runs in the top of the third. Redshirt junior Jacob McNamara began the surge with a single to center field and was advanced to second on a sac bunt from redshirt senior Ryan Shober. Junior John Coen tallied the first RBI with a single up the middle that plated McNamara and was then forced home off a triple from redshirt junior Andres Ortegano, his second of the season. Sophomore Tyler Detmer sent Ortegano across the dish with a single to left field to give UIC the 3-0 early edge.
UIC forced YSU to go three up three down in the bottom of the third, but in the fourth inning the Penguins ripped off two scores and later followed that up with three runs in the sixth. YSU now held a 5-3 lead in the seventh where they blew the game wide open, scoring seven runs to up their advantage, 12-3.
The Flames mounted a mini comeback in the top of the eighth frame with four runs. Senior Joe Betcher was responsible for three of those scores on a bases loaded triple. Betcher was then sent home on single from junior Alex Jurich which proved to be the final run of the game.