Flames Take YSU Series with 5-4 Win on Sunday

Freshman Ian Lewandowski
Freshman Ian Lewandowski

April 21, 2013

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NILES, Ohio – The UIC baseball team (19-17, 8-7) moved into sole possession of second place in the Horizon League with a series finale win at Youngstown State (12-28, 7-8) on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 5-4.  Freshman pitcher Ian Lewandowski worked efficiently on the mound, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits in 8.1 innings of work to collect his fourth win of the season.  Sophomore outfielder Tyler Detmer tallied three RBI as he went 2-of-4 from the plate and Mike McKinley secured his first save of the year.

“We played with great intensity today,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “The whole weekend was very intense and I thought we handled it well.  We are very pleased to win the series against a good club.”

After two scoreless frames, UIC lit up the board first with two runs in the third inning.  Redshirt senior Ryan Shober reached base on a walk and then stole second to begin the surge.  Junior John Coen sent Shober to third on an infield single, but Shober was thrown out on the ensuing play as redshirt junior Andres Ortegano reached first on a fielder’s choice.  Both Coen and Ortegano moved up a bag off a wild pitch before Detmer drove them home with a double down the left field line.

The Penguins took one of those runs back in the bottom of the third and gained the edge in the fifth with two scores to go ahead 3-2. 

The Flames quickly answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to recapture the lead, 4-3.  UIC played small ball as Alex De LaRosa and Joe Betcher were plated on sac bunts from Alex Jurich and Shober, respectively.

In the ninth inning, Detmer gave the Flames a two-run lead as he drove in Ortegano on a RBI-single to right center.  That insurance run proved to be valuable as the Penguins scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, but the Flames held strong to claim their second consecutive series against YSU.

UIC returns to the diamond on Tuesday as they host Roosevelt with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. CT.