Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Youngstown State on Sunday
April 29, 2012
NILES, Ohio - The UIC baseball dropped a pair of games at Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon by final scores of 9-7 in game one and 9-0 in game two. In game one, the Flames used back-to-back three-run innings in the seventh and eighth frame to chop YSU's 9-1 lead down to 9-7, but the comeback fell short as the Penguins held the Flames hitless in the final stanza. With the two defeats, UIC falls to 16-25 overall and 9-12 in the Horizon League.
Game One Recap
Youngstown State led from beginning to end and started with three runs in the first inning compliments of a three-run homer by sophomore Marcus Heath. Heath would finish the contest with five RBI while going 3-for-4 at the plate.
The Flames took one of those runs back in the second inning as Ryan Boss began the spurt with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alex De LaRosa eventually claimed the RBI with a single to center field, driving in Boss. De LaRosa led the Flames offensively, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and in his first action of the season, sophomore John Coen went 2-for-5 as well. Freshman Tyler Detmer made his first collegiate appearance and went 1-for-3.
In the fifth inning, YSU stretched their lead back out to 6-1 with three runs before UIC starter Brian Evak was replaced by Tomas Michelson. Evak logged 4.2 innings of work and allowed six hits on five earned runs.
The Penguins used the sixth inning to further distance themselves with three more scores, putting the tally at 9-1. Despite the late comeback by the Flames with consecutive three-run innings in the seventh and the eighth, YSU held on for the two-run win.
Game Two Recap
Despite eight UIC hits in game two, the Flames were held scoreless by YSU starting pitcher Blake Aquadro as he notched the complete-game shutout. De LaRosa once again piloted UIC at the plate, going 2-for-5, but the Flames left 10 runners on base throughout the contest and racked up three errors.
The Penguins put their first run on the board in the second inning with a single score. They used the fourth and fifth frames to post three and four runs, respectively, owning an 8-0 lead until the eighth inning. YSU added one more insurance run in the bottom half of the eight to secure the 9-0 victory.
Freshman starter Tim Tarter threw 3.2 innings and although he gave up nine hits the lefty was only charged with one earned run. The most effective pitcher on the day was junior Mike Schoolcraft as he pitched the sixth and seventh frames, allowing just one hit.
The Flames return to action on Wednesday, May 2, as they host Northern Illinois with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. CT.