Baseball Wins Fifth Straight at Bradley on Wednesday, 9-5
April 30, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. – The UIC baseball team (19-19) picked up its fifth straight win on Wednesday night with a 9-5 road victory against in-state rival Bradley at Dozer Park. Senior Alex Jurich and redshirt sophomore Conor Philbin combined for eight of the Flames’ 13 hits as they posted four apiece, while junior Jeff Boehm recorded two homers and three RBI. Boehm stands as just the second player ever to hit two home runs inside Dozer Park in a single game.
Redshirt senior Mike Schoolcraft improved his mound record to 2-0 on the season after he tossed 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just three hits and one earned run.
With the win, UIC has now defeated the Braves in three of the last four meetings, which includes two consecutive games at Bradley.
Boehm got UIC rolling in the first frame with a two-run blast to right center. Philbin then gave the Flames an early 3-0 lead after an RBI-single plated Jurich.
The Braves responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, which included a lead-off solo home run by Max Murphy. Bradley knotted the count at 3-3 in the second frame after an RBI-double from Spencer Gaa who hit 4-of-5 on the day.
Bohem gave UIC the lead for good in the third with his second homer of the evening, a solo shot to left field and his sixth round-baser of the year. Senior Jacob McNamara was responsible for both of the Flame’s runs in the fourth inning after his fifth double of the season scored Cody Bohanek and then a wild pitch sent McNamara across the dish.
UIC extended their lead to 7-3 in the top of the fifth frame as Jurich reached base on a double, his eighth of the year. Philbin then pushed Jurich home with a single to right field.
Bradley added one more run in the sixth inning, but UIC tacked on lone scores in the seventh and eighth to solidify the non-league win.
The Flames return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. CT as they host Milwaukee this weekend for a three-game series at Granderson Stadium.