Flames Complete Comeback with 10-9 Win Versus NIU

Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin
Redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin

April 29, 2014

Box Score

CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (18-19) completed a spirited comeback on Tuesday night against in-state rival Northern Illinois (13-30-1), winning the mid-week contest by a final of 10-9 at Curtis Granderson Stadium.  The Flames trailed NIU 8-2 after five innings, but seven runs in the sixth frame put UIC in front for good.  Tonight's win was UIC's first triumph against the Huskies since April of 2005 as the Flames had lost nine straight meetings.

Senior Alex Jurich and juniors Jeff Boehm and Jake Nath tallied two hits apiece, while redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin posted a game-high three RBI, his seventh multi-RBI game of the year.  Jurich improved his league-leading RBI total to 40 and his batting average to .341, which ranks third in the conference.

Redshirt junior Jon Ryan picked up his first win of the season as junior Alex Posey earned his second save on the year.

The Huskies lit up the scoreboard first with a two-RBI homer in the second frame by Jason Gasser.  NIU took a 4-0 lead with another pair of runs in the fourth inning, including a solo blast by Alex Klonowski.

UIC answered in the bottom of the fourth with two scores to chop NIU’s advantage to 4-2.  Jurich ripped an RBI-single that scored freshman Mickey McDonald and Jurich eventually crossed the dish off a wild pitch.  McDonald went 1-for-4 today and extended his hit streak to seven games.

The Huskies jumped in front 8-2 after a four-run fifth inning.  NIU designated hitter Chris DiVarco posted the team’s third home run of the game with a two-RBI blast.

UIC’s big sixth inning began with a double by redshirt junior Alex Lee and then a single from Jeff Boehm.  Lee was UIC’s first run of the frame as NIU allowed two consecutive walks to Jurich and junior Tyler Detmer, which forced in Lee.  On the very next at-bat, Philbin slapped his seventh double of the season that scored Jurich and Boehm.  Nath followed that up with a two-RBI two-baser of his own that plated Detmer and Philbin.  Senior John Coen eventually sent Nath across this dish with an-RBI single and then gave UIC a 9-8 lead when he scored after a throwing error by the NIU shortstop. 

Philbin gave the Flames a 10-8 advantage after he notched his third and final RBI on the day with a sac fly to right field that scored Jurich. 

NIU was able to score once more in the eighth inning, which proved to be the game’s final run of the game.

UIC returns to action on Wednesday at Bradley with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.