Baseball Falls to Northwestern 5-3 in the 11th Frame

Redshirt junior pitcher Mike Schoolcraft
Redshirt junior pitcher Mike Schoolcraft

May 7, 2013

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (21-25) rallied in the ninth frame by scoring two runs to force extra innings against Northwestern (21-20) on Tuesday night at Les Miller Field, but the Wildcats plated a pair in the 11th frame and held on to claim the 5-3 win.  UIC starting pitcher Mike Schoolcraft was impressive during his six innings of work, allowing just four hits and one run.  Sophomore Tyler Detmer piloted UIC at plate by going 3-for-5 with two RBI.

“Tonight was a great college baseball game,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I thought we performed well on the mound and hit well from the plate, but we also struck out too many times.  We have to put the ball in play and force the defense to make some tough outs.”

The Flames jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after the Flames tallied three consecutive singles to begin the frame.  Leadoff man John Coen reached on an infield hit and was followed by Carl Sugihara who slapped a one-bagger up the middle.  That’s when Detmer forced Coen across the dish with his single to left field.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of UIC up until the top of the sixth inning when Northwestern scored a single run to knot the tally.  The Wildcats went on to plate lone runs in the seventh and eighth frames as well to take 3-1 advantage.

After the Flames held NU scoreless in the ninth, UIC rallied to score a pair of runs to force extra innings.  Zenon Kolakowski drove in the first RBI with a single to left field which plated Alex Jurich, while Detmer later advanced Ryan Shober home on a single to right.

Despite owning the momentum, the UIC’s comeback went incomplete as Northwestern recorded two runs in the 11th and then held strong in the bottom half of the frame for the victory.

The Flames head back to the diamond on Friday against Valparaiso with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. CT at Les Miller Field.