Suminski Deals Rockford 12 Ks in 11-1 Victory|
April 30, 2013
CHICAGO – Senior pitcher Tim Suminski racked up 12 strikeouts against Rockford College (17-18) on Tuesday night as the UIC baseball team (20-21) cruised to an 11-1 non-conference victory at Les Miller Field. Suminski’s 12 Ks stands as the highest total for any UIC player since April 11, 2009 as the lefty picked up his second win of the season. The Flames’ offense got off to a hot start with three runs in the first inning and lead wire-to-wire. Four separate UIC batters recorded multiple RBI including sophomore Carl Sugihara who went 3-for-4 from the plate with three runs and two doubles.
“We were able to do some things tonight that we emphasized in batting practice before the game,” said head coach Mike Dee. “I give the guys credit for sticking with that strategy throughout the game. It’s a shift that they have to make over the next month and I thought we improved on that tonight.”
Suminski held Rockford in check during his six innings of work, giving up just three hits and one solo blast in the second frame. Perhaps what was even more impressive than his strikeout total was his zero walk tally.
“Tonight was by far Tim’s best outing of the season,” said Dee. “ I thought he did a good job of staying in the bottom of the strike zone and had great overall performance.”
After the Flames jumped in front 3-1 through two innings, UIC plated four in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead out to 7-1. The Flames notched just two hits in the fifth, but Rockford helped UIC’s cause by committing two errors, a balk, a walk and hit two hit batters.
The Flames put up another four spot in the seventh inning as redshirt senior Harry Kammholz drove in two runs, while redshirt sophomore Zenon Kolakowski and senior Joe Betcher knocked in the other pair of Flames’ runners.
UIC will return to action on Wednesday as they host Northern Illinois at 7:05 p.m. CT. Free audio coverage of the contest will be provided by UICFlames.com.