Baseball Falls In Finale To No. 5 Georgia Tech, 5-2

Steve McGuiggan drove in a run on Sunday afternoon.
Steve McGuiggan drove in a run on Sunday afternoon.

May 9, 2010

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ATLANTA - The UIC baseball team couldn't must enough offense to overcome the No. 5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Sunday, falling 5-2 in the finale of a three-game set at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Georgia Tech (39-9) struck first in the second inning when they plated a pair of runs off UIC starter Matt Salemi. The sophomore issued a leadoff walk to Thomas Nichols who came around to score on Jay Dantzler's sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Chase Burnette scored the second run for the Yellow Jackets. when slugger Tony Plagman walked with the bases loaded.

Eric Wyman came in for the Flames (17-26) in relief of Salemi and got Matt Skole to fly out to John Rosinski in left field to end the threat.

UIC tallied its first run of the contest in the fourth inning when back-to-back doubles by Jason Ganek and Matt Serna got the Flames on the board.

Serna was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple for the first out of the inning. Nathan Orf and Chris Rutta provided back-to-back singles, but were stranded on the basepaths.

Ty Rubio walked to lead off the fifth for UIC and he moved to second on Andy Leonard's sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher.

The next batter, Steve McGuiggan, broke out of his recent slump by belting a double to left centerfield that plated Rubio to tie the game, 2-2.

Wyman retired 10 of the first 12 batters he faced before running into a bit of trouble in the bottom half of the sixth.

The first Yellow Jacket of the inning, Burnette, untied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a solo blast over the right field wall, his 13th of the season, to give Georgia Tech a 3-2 advantage.

The next hitter, Dantzler, walked, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Wyman then threw a wild pitch that allowed the left fielder to score to extend the lead to two.

Dantzler tacked on his second RBI of the contest with a single to right off of UIC's Charlie Weinberg in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, a fine double play turn by Serna and Leonard ended the frame with no further damage.

Georgia Tech threatened again in the eighth after a leadoff single by Derek Dietrich, however Weinberg struck out Plagman, picked off Dietrich at first for the second out and fanned Skole, the cleanup hitter, to end the inning.

Pinch hitter Ryan Meehan started the ninth with a double to left center. Rubio kept the rally alive by drawing a walk off closer Andrew Robinson. McGuiggan lined out to Dietrich at shortstop for the second out, but Meehan and Rubio advanced when Dietrich's attempt to double off the runner at second was wild. However, Jason Ganek grounded out to short to end the ballgame and the series.

Wyman was the tough-luck loser, falling to 0-5 on the season.

Jed Bradley notched his eighth win of the season for Georgia Tech. He allowed just two runs on eight hits while striking out 10 Flames in 6.0 IP.

UIC will continue the road trip on Tuesday when they travel to nearby Evanston, Ill. for a game against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Flames won the first game in the series, 6-1, on March 30th at Les Miller Field.

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