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Baseball Falls at No. 14 Purdue on Wednesday, 11-4


Sophomore Jon Ryan notched his fourth homer of the season versus Purdue on Wednesday.
Sophomore Jon Ryan notched his fourth homer of the season versus Purdue on Wednesday.

May 9, 2012

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CHICAGO – In their final non-conference game of the 2012 season, the UIC baseball team dropped a road contest at No. 14 Purdue on Wednesday evening by a final score of 11-4. The Flames drove in three runs in the fourth inning and narrowly trailed the nationally-ranked Boilermakers, 5-3, up until the bottom of the sixth frame when Purdue posted four scores to permanently distance themselves.  With the loss, UIC falls to 16-29 overall and remains 9-14 in the Horizon League.

 Jon Ryan was one the UIC highlights as he went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a double in the sixth, coming up a triple short of the cycle.  Jacob McNamara and Joe Betcher were the other Flames’ players to record multiple hits with two apiece.

After a 90-minute lightening delay just prior to the first pitch, the two teams finally took the field at 4:30 p.m. CT.  Purdue got started early with a combined five unanswered runs after the first three innings.

The Flames responded with three runs in the top of the fourth frame as Betcher kicked things off with a single to left field.  He was then driven home on a double down the left field line by Alex Grunenwald, his ninth two-bagger of the season.  That’s when Ryan cleared the bases with his fourth bomb of the year, cutting Purdue’s lead down to 5-3.

The Boilermakers’ two-run edge stayed frozen until the bottom of the sixth frame when they exploded for four runs off of a pair of two-RBI doubles.

UIC plated one more score in the seventh inning as McNamara slapped an RBI-single to right field that sent Alex De LaRosa home.

Purdue added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the seven-run triumph.

The Flames return to action of Friday at 3 p.m. as they head to Horizon League-foe Valparaiso for a three-game series.

 


 

 

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