Flames Defeated by No. 10 Georgia Tech, 9-2
May 7, 2011
CHICAGO - Senior second baseman Matt Serna plated two more RBI and scored a pair of runs, but No. 10 Georgia Tech scored three runs in the ninth inning to run away with a 9-2 win over the UIC baseball team at Les Miller Field Saturday night.
The Yellow Jackets' Mark Pope recorded the win, going 6.0 innings, and allowing two runs, including one earned. UIC's Matt Salemi was handed the loss despite giving up just four earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
The Flames recorded six hits, all singles, and scored one run apiece in both the second and sixth frames. Georgia Tech scored one run in the first inning, two in the fourth, one in the fifth frame, two in the sixth, and the aforementioned three runs in the ninth and final stanza.
After falling behind 1-0, the Flames tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the second inning. Serna singled to right field to begin the game, and then advanced to second base on a throwing error by Pope. Harry Kammholz then singled to right field, easily scoring Serna. The rally was cut short when Jacob McNamara grounded into a double play.
With Georgia Tech holding a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth, the Flames loaded the bases, and posed their biggest offensive threat of the game. Jason Ganek singled to center field to start the frame, but was thrown out at second base one batter later, as Serna reached on a fielder's choice.
Serna then advanced to second on a wild pitch, and two batters later, Kammholz was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and third with two outs. McNamara, the ensuing batter, singled to left field to score Serna, and also moved into scoring position after advancing to second on another wild pitch; Kammholz also moved up 90 feet to third on the mishap. The threat ended with Nevers grounding into a fielder's choice, and Ryan Shober being thrown out at second. UIC left three runners on base in the inning.
Georgia Tech added three runs in the top of the ninth, and all were scored unearned with two outs. The Flames committed an error in the outfield that enabled the Yellow Jackets to extend the inning.
The second game of the series between UIC and Georgia Tech is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CST at The Mill Sunday. Sunday is Mother's Day and all the moms that spend part of their day at Les Miller Field will receive complimentary flowers courtesy of The Godflower. It's also the Red Out Redux and students who wear their new "Red Out" shirt from Saturday will get a free smoothie from Jamba Juice.