Baseball Falls Behind Early And Loses At No. 5 Georgia Tech, 11-5
May 8, 2010
ATLANTA - The UIC baseball team fell behind early on Saturday night and was unable to rally against the No. 5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, losing 11-5 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (38-9) scored four runs in the first inning off UIC (17-25) starter Tim Suminski and never looked back.
Designated hitter Thomas Nichols delivered the big blow in that inning, a two-run single to centerfield that scored Matt Skole and Cole Leonida for Georgia Tech.
Ty Rubio and Andy Leonard sparked the Flames offense in the third by leading off with back-to-back singles. Rubio scored on Steve McGuiggan's RBI groundout, while Leonard came in on Jason Ganek's sacrifice fly to center which cut the lead to 4-2.
Skole got one back for the Yellow Jackets in their half of the third when he uncorked his 15th home run of the season deep to right centerfield.
Jay Dantzler hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth and Georgia Tech added two more in the fifth to extend their lead to 8-2.
UIC got something going again in the top half of the sixth when Chris Rutta singled through the left side with two away. Matt Serna followed by blasting a double that one-hopped the wall in right centerfield that allowed Rutta to score.
John Rosinski singled to the third baseman, but an errant throw by Skole allowed Serna to score and cut the lead in half at 8-4.
Danny Hall's Yellow Jackets added one in the sixth and a pair in the seventh to extend the lead to seven, 11-4.
Ganek added a solo blast in the top of the eighth to make it 11-5, but that was as close as Mike Dee's club would come. Nathan Orf tried to score from first on Serna's second double of the game, but was cut down at the plate on a well-executed relay throw by Georgia Tech.
Serna collected three hits, including a pair of two-baggers.
Derek Dietrich got two more hits on Saturday to bring his total to six for the series.
Suminski, who made his eighth career start, was saddled with the loss, his fourth of the season.
Joey Begel pitched 2.1 IP in relief for the Flames. He walked six and struck out three.
Brandon Cumpton was credited with the win for the Yellow Jackets. The righty scattered three hits and gave up two runs in 5.0 IP while striking out four.
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