Comeback Falls Short in 8-7 Loss to UWM on Friday
May 4, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team dropped a Friday night Horizon League contest against Milwaukee at Les Miller Field by a final of 8-7. With the Panthers leading 8-4 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Flames scored three runs and had the potential tying run called out at the plate to snub the comeback. With the loss, UIC falls to 16-27 on the year and 9-13 in the Horizon League.
Jon Ryan paced the team with three hits, three RBI and one run, while Alex De LaRosa posted two hits, two RBI and two runs. Jacob McNamara also recorded multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with a run. Joe Betcher, Alex Jurich and Alex Lee all notched a single hit, rounding out the 10 total hits by the Flames.
The Panthers charged out in front early as they held a 5-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning. The Flames took one of those runs back in the bottom half of the fourth frame as Jon Ryan belted his third home run of the season on a solo shot to right field.
Milwaukee extended its lead out to 7-1 with two scores in the top of the fifth as Will Fadness ad Phil Striggow collected the RBI. The Flames put the tally at 7-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth as Betcher flied out to right field, recording the sacrifice fly on a De LaRosa score.
The Flames rode that momentum into the sixth inning with two runs, brining Milwaukee’s lead down to 7-4. Freshman Tyler Detmer and Lee reached base on back-to-back walks from UWM pitcher Greg Blohowiak. The duo was eventually plated by De LaRosa on single to right field.
The Panthers added an ever important insurance run in the eight frame, taking an 8-4 advantage all the way into the bottom of ninth inning.
In the ninth, UIC began its surge with a walk from De LaRosa and was followed by a single from McNamara. The next batter, Betcher, slapped a single to up the middle that loaded the bases for clean-up hitter Grunenwald. The first baseman grounded out to the pitcher, but not before De LaRosa scampered home for the innings first run and McNamara and Betcher advanced one base each. Ryan then sent both runners home on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. It was at that point Jurich cracked a single to third base and Ryan was called out at home on a throw from the first baseman.
The Flames and Panthers return to action on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT with Brian Evak (UIC) and Cale Tassi (UWM) on the mound.