Flames Blanket Crusaders in Series Opener, 3-0

Sophomore RHP Tomas Michelson
Sophomore RHP Tomas Michelson

May 10, 2013

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CHICAGO - Sophomore pitcher Tomas Michelson tossed his first career complete game shutout in a series opening win against Valparaiso (25-25, 10-9 HL) on Friday night at Les Miller Field as the UIC baseball team (22-25, 9-10 HL) topped the Crusaders by a final of 3-0.  Michelson allowed just five hits and no walks as he improved his season record to 6-4 and ERA to 2.84.  Due to cold and windy conditions, both teams struggled offensively as UIC totaled three a mere hits.  Redshirt junior Andres Ortegano led the way by going 2-for-3 at the plate as redshirt junior Ryan Boss picked up two RBI.

"I thought both pitchers performed really well tonight," said head coach Mike Dee.  "We were able to string together a couple of hits and did a better job of putting the ball in play with very few strikeouts.  We need a solid performance from Ian (Lewandowski) tomorrow and do what we need to do to win the series."

After five scoreless innings, the Flames put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth frame for the game's only scores.  Ortegano kicked off the surge with a ground-rule double that popped over the wall down the right field line.  Junior John Coen then bunted and due to a throwing error by the Valpo catcher, he was able to reach first base and Ortegano ran home safely.  After redshirt sophomore Zenon Kolakowski was walked, sophomore Tyler Detmer advanced both runners into scoring position.  That's when Boss slapped his two-RBI single up the middle, giving UIC a 3-0 lead with three frames left to play.

The Crusaders tallied just two more base runners over the last three innings on a single in the seventh and a hit batter in the ninth.  Even though a balk from Michelson sent a Valpo runner to second base in the final inning, the six-foot four-inch righty retired the next two Crusaders to conclude the contest.

Saturday's matchup will commence at 2 p.m. CT. as freshman Ian Lewandowski will take the mound for UIC.