Huskies Rally in the Eighth to Defeat Flames, 7-5

Redshirt junior pitcher Mike Schoolcraft
Redshirt junior pitcher Mike Schoolcraft

May 2, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (20-22) held a 5-2 lead over Northern Illinois (19-24) through seven innings on Wednesday night at Les Miller Field, but the Huskies drove in five runs in the eighth frame to surge past UIC and claim the 7-5 victory.  Flames’ starter Mike Schoolcraft was efficient in six innings of work, allowing just one earned run and five hits.  UIC’s offense shined in the early stages, but left 11 runners on base after three innings and 15 for the game.

“Other than the eighth inning, I thought we played pretty well so that’s what makes this game a tough one to swallow,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “We continue to improve at the plate and if we gain more confidence we’ll come around and score some more runs.”

UIC jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off an RBI-single by sophomore Tyler Detmer that found a hole through the ride side of the infield to plate junior John Coen.  Detmer continues to lead the Flames at the plate with a season batting average of .309.

After NIU knotted the score at 1-1 in the top of the third, the Flames immediately answered by driving in three runs to take a convincing 4-1 advantage.  Ryan Boss sent Coen across the dish on a long RBI-single to centerfield and then Joe Betcher pushed Boss and Detmer home on a single up the middle later that inning.

Both teams tallied a single run in the fourth inning to give the Flames a 5-2 edge, which held true until the eighth frame.  That’s when NIU put up five runs off five hits, including three doubles to seal the win.

UIC returns to the diamond on Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT against East Tennessee State as the Flames host the Buccaneers for a three-game series this weekend.