Baseball Edged by Purdue on the Road, 5-3
April 23, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The UIC baseball team (14-19) scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning against Purdue (10-27) on Wednesday night to tie the score at 3-3, but the Boilermakers plated a pair of runners in the bottom half of the eighth to edge the Flames, 5-3. Senior Alex Jurich and junior Tyler Detmer recorded RBI-singles in the eighth frame to knot the score. Purdue starting pitcher Connor Podkul made it tough on the Flames, allowing just two hits in six innings and struck out seven batters.
After a scoreless first inning, the Boilermakers plated two runs in the second frame to take a 2-0 early lead. Purdue took advantage of three walks and a hit-by-pitch as both runners who scored were allowed a free pass on base by UIC starting pitcher Brian Evak.
After the second inning, Evak settled down and allowed just one run and two hits over the next three frames.
Purdue went ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning as outfielder Jeff Evak crossed home plate from third after a UIC wild pitch.
The Flames responded with their first run in the top of the seventh stanza as Jurich began the inning by reaching base on a throwing error by the Purdue third baseman. Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin was then walked which pushed Jurich over to second and freshman Cody Bohanek ripped an RBI-single to center field that plated Jurich. Today’s contest was Bohanek’s first game back from injury that he suffered on April 4.
UIC followed that up with two runs in the top of the eighth to knot the tally at 3-3. Freshman Mickey McDonald kicked things off by recording a bunt single and then was moved over the second after junior Jeff Boehm grounded out to the pitcher. With two outs on the board, Jurich posted his league-leading 34th RBI of the season with a single up the middle that scored McDonald. Jurich was then sent across the dish by junior Tyler Detmer who also singled up the middle and notched his 29th RBI on the year, the second-highest total in the conference.
Unfortunately the rally was short lived as Purdue answered with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and held strong in the ninth to claim the mid-week victory.
The Flames return to action this weekend as they travel to Valparaiso for a three-game series, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. CT. UIC, Valpo and Milwaukee are all tied for second place in the Horizon League as Wright State occupies the top spot.