Baseball Drops Twin Bill Against ETSU on Saturday
May 4, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (20-24) held a lead in both games against East Tennessee State (27-19) on Saturday afternoon, but the Buccaneers carved out the doubleheader win by final scores of 7-3 and 6-5 (11), respectively. Junior John Coen and redshirt senior Alex De LaRosa paced UIC at the plate with four hits apiece as sophomore Tyler Detmer, redshirt junior Ryan Boss and senior Joe Betcher each tallied three.
“I thought we played better in the second game and I do think we made improvements this week,” said head coach Mike Dee. “With that said, we still lack some consistency in executing fundamentals and given a little more time I think we will get better at that.”
The Flames jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first game after two innings of play. ETSU responded quickly in the third with three runs and finished out the contest with seven unanswered runs to claim the series’ first contest.
After the first two innings, UIC recorded just four hits compared to 11 for the Buccaneers. Flames’ starter Tomas Michelson lasted 7.1 innings and allowed all seven runs with four strikeouts. ETSU’s starter Kerry Doane notched his 10th win of the season and his ninth complete game to go along with seven strikeouts.
In game two, the Buccaneers lit the scoreboard first in the third inning with three runs. The Flames turned around and plated two runners in the bottom half of the third on RBI-singles from Boss and De LaRosa.
ETSU stretched their lead to 4-2 in the fifth as Derek Niesman was able to trot home from second base after an errant throw by the UIC shortstop. The Flames retaliated in the sixth with three runs as De LaRosa and Betcher began the frame with back-to-back singles. After junior Alex Jurich advanced both runners up one bag off a groundout, redshirt senior Ryan Shober scored De LaRosa with a sac fly to right field. On the next at-bat, Coen sent Betcher across the dish with a single up the middle to give UIC a 5-4 edge.
The Buccaneers wasted no time knotting the score at 5-5 with a single run in the seventh, which remained the tally through regulation.
Neither team scored in the 10th frame, but ETSU’s Andrew Green sealed the deal with a solo homer in the 11th to give his club the one-run win.
Sunday’s series finale will commence at 12:05 p.m. CT.