Flames Comeback Stunted by YSU's Walk-Off Sac Fly on Friday
May 9, 2014
NILES, Ohio – The UIC baseball team (22-21, 15-10) knotted the score at 8-8 in the ninth inning at Youngstown State (11-31, 5-13) on Friday afternoon after giving up five runs in the first and three more in the fifth, but a walk-off sac fly for the Penguins ended the Flames’ comeback. Junior Tyler Detmer was the highlight for UIC as he went 3-of-3 from the dish and recorded three RBI and two runs. Jacob McNamara, Alex Jurich and Conor Philbin joined Detmer with multi-hit efforts, notching two hits apiece.
UIC activated the scoreboard first with a lone run in the opening frame after McNamara led things off with a double and was then moved to third on a single by freshman Mickey McDonald. McNamara was sent home after a sac fly by redshirt junior Alex Lee, giving UIC an early 1-0 advantage.
The Flames’ lead was short lived as YSU plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning as UIC allowed four hits, two walks and committed one error.
UIC chipped away at the Penguins’ lead and made it a 5-4 ballgame after scoring single runs in the second, third and fifth frames. Detmer had his hand in on all three scores as he stole home in the second and then drove in Lee and Boehm in the third and fifth, respectively.
YSU responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-4 lead. The Penguins began the surge with three consecutive this; a triple, a double and a single.
The Flames kept fighting and put up three scores in the top of seventh inning. Jurich recorded his 45th RBI of the season after a triple plated Boehm. Jurich was eventually sent across the dish on a double by Detmer, his third RBI of the day and 38th on the year. Jurich and Detmer continue to rank first and second in the Horizon League in RBI. Redshirt junior Zenon Kolakowski posted UIC’s third run of the frame with a double to left center that scored Detmer, chopping YSU’s lead to 8-7.
In the top of the ninth, UIC evened the tally at 8-8 after Philbin singled through the left side and sent freshman Brett Krause home. The tie didn’t last long as YSU’s Kevin Hix came through in the clutch with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Penguins its first win against UIC in six attempts.
Saturday’s contest will commence at 1 p.m. CT. as sophomore Ian Lewandowski is slated to start against YSU right-hander Nic Manuppelli. That game can be viewed live for free on the Horizon League Network.