Baseball Splits Twinbill Against League-Leading Wright State
April 21, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team split a doubleheader against Horizon League-leading Wright State on Saturday afternoon, dropping the first game, 2-0, and winning the second contest, 3-2. Both squads received stellar performances from their bullpen as WSU’s Jordan Marker and UIC’s Brian Evak picked up the wins. The Flames now own a season record of 15-21 with a 9-8 mark in the conference.
Game One Recap: Three separate UIC players recorded multiple hits in the day’s first game as Alex Grunenwald, Joe Betcher and Alex Jurich had two apiece. Flames’ starter Joey Begel pitched an effective 7.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and just two earned runs. WSU’s Ryan Ashe had tremendous outing as he went 4-for-4 at the plate coming all from singles.
After six scoreless innings, Wright State used the seventh frame to record the game’s only two runs. Zach Tanner began the inning with a double to right center and eventually advanced to third on a passed ball. After a walk by Kyle Mossbarger, Sam Picchiotti drove in Tanner with a single up the middle, posting the first score of the game. Both runners moved over a base after another passed ball by Alex Jurich and then Mossbarger was plated by Corey Davis off a single through the middle of infield.
Game Two Recap: The Flames got the bats going early in game two, starting the contest with a pair of runs in the first inning. Alex De LaRosa began the frame with a single up the middle and was eventually sent home off a single by Grunenwald. With the hit, Grunenwald now holds a 13-game hitting streak. The first baseman notched the second score of the inning as Betcher drove him in with a single to right center.
UIC posted one more score in the second inning as freshman Cody Dykema reached base on a walk and was pushed to second compliments on a sacrifice bunt from De LaRosa. Shortstop Alex Lee plated Dykema with a single to center field, giving the Flames its last run of the game.
Wright State collected two runs in the fourth frame, but couldn’t manage much more offense past that point as Evak and closer Charlie Weinberg kept the Raiders in check. For his efforts, Weinberg was credited with a save.
The series finale will take place on Sunday beginning at Noon CT as freshman lefty Tim Tarter will be on the mound for UIC.