Baseball Defeated at Valparaiso on Friday Afternoon, 14-2

Ryan Boss jacked his seventh homer of the year against Valpo on Friday.
Ryan Boss jacked his seventh homer of the year against Valpo on Friday.

May 11, 2012

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CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team lost a conference game at league-leading Valparaiso on Friday afternoon by a final score of 14-2.  The Flames held a 2-0 lead after the top of the fifth inning, but allowed all 14 of Valpo’s runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames to drop game one of the three-game series.  A bright spot for UIC was Ryan Boss’ solo home run in the fourth inning which stands as his seventh of the season and ranks tied for third in the Horizon League.

“We’ve really struggled this past month and today was no different,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “Our club certainly has the talent, but I think all of us are having a hard time putting it together for nine complete innings.“

Boss’ solo shot in the fourth frame was the first score of the contest, putting the Flames up 1-0.  They followed that up with a run in the fifth inning as John Coen began the stanza with a walk.  He was then advanced over to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob McNamara and eventually sent home on a single to through the right side by Alex DeLaRosa.

The score remained frozen at 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Valparaiso exploded for eight runs on eight hits.  They would utilize the seventh and eighth frames to score six more runs, securing the conference victory in convincing fashion.

The Flames and Crusaders return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT with Brian Evak taking the mound for UIC.