Baseball Falls Short At No. 5 Georgia Tech, 8-4|
May 7, 2010
ATLANTA - The UIC baseball team dropped the opener of a three-game set to the No. 5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday night, 8-4, at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.
The defense was the story early in the game for UIC (17-24). In the first inning, Jeff Rowland tried to score from second on a ball off the wall, but a well executed relay from Steve McGuiggan to Andy Leonard to Nathan Orf cut him down at the dish.
The Yellow Jackets (37-9) drew first blood in the second winning when the dreaded leadoff walk to Chase Burnette came around to score.
In the third, Rowland tripled on the first pitch he saw from Michael Heesch. The next two offerings from the southpaw hit Georgia Tech batters and the bases were loaded with nobody out. Cleanup batter Matt Skole chopped the next pitch to first baseman Joe Betcher who fired to Orf for the force for the first out. Cole Leonida popped the next pitch up to second base and Burnette grounded out to second to end the inning with no runs scored.
Heesch took a no-decision after surrendering three runs on seven hits for the Flames. He walked three and hit four batters on the night.
The sixth inning was a successful one for UIC as the Flames pushed across three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Chris Rutta got things started by ripping a double to left field. The senior moved to third on Matt Serna's sac fly to right and after John Rosinski walked, Rutta scored on Betcher's RBI single.
Rosinski scored from second when Deck McGuire's errant pickoff throw hit Betcher's helmet and skidded into foul territory.
Ty Rubio and Leonard collected back-to-back singles, with Betcher scoring the third run of the inning on Rubio's single up the middle.
The Yellow Jackets rallied right back in their half of the sixth for two runs to recapture the lead for good. Jay Dantzler reached when Jason Ganek's throw from third pulled Betcher off the bag. He moved to third on Jeff Rowland's single and scored on a base hit by Derek Dietrich.
Rowland scored the go-ahead run on Tony Plagman's deep sacrifice fly to center. The leadoff man, Rowland, reached safely five times during the ballgame and knocked in three runs, while scoring a trio of his own.
McGuire notched the win for Georgia Tech, his sixth of the season.
The same two teams will be back at it again tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. CT. Be sure to log on to www.uicflames.com once again for the live in-game blog.
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