Baseball Claims Game One at Valparaiso, 10-1|
April 25, 2014
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The UIC baseball team (15-19, 10-9) took game one of the three-game series at Valparaiso (15-20, 6-7) on Friday afternoon with a 10-1 victory. Junior pitcher Tomas Michelson was superb from the mound as he tossed his third career complete game and allowed just six hits and one run, improving his season record to 5-3. The Flames used a seven-run fourth inning to permanently distance themselves from the Crusaders as the Flames out-hit Valpo 15-6 on the day.
Michelson actually carried a shutout into the ninth inning and had recorded two outs before Valpo plated their first and only run of the game on a double play groundout. Today was UIC’s first complete game of the season as Michelson continues to lead the conference in strikeouts with 47.
“Tomas went out there and did what a Friday guy is supposed to do,” said Associate Head Coach Sean McDermott. “Our offense did enough and we had a few big bats come through for us. Right now we are just trying to take these conference games just one at a time and then refocus for the next day.”
Freshman Mickey McDonald paced UIC at the plate by going 4-of-6, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, his first collegiate home run. Senior Alex Jurich went 3-of-4 from the dish and added two RBI to his league-leading total of 36.
Valpo starter Cole Webb was handed his first loss of the conference season as he lasted just four innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs.
Jurich broke a scoreless 0-0 tie after two innings with his first triple of the season in the third inning, sending home juniors Jeff Boehm and Alex Lee.
It was in the fourth inning that UIC blew the game wide open with seven runs, highlighted by McDonald’s grand slam. Later in the frame, junior Tyler Detmer ripped a two-RBI double that plated Jurich and Boehm, his sixth two-bagger of the year. Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin followed that up with a double of his own that sent Detmer across the dish and gave UIC a 9-0 lead.
The Flames scored their 10th and final run of the day in the sixth inning as Jurich was able to scamper home off a double play ball. UIC has now notched 10-plus runs on 12 occasions this season and owns a 10-2 record when doing so.
Action resumes tomorrow with game two of the series starting at Noon CT.