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    May 17, 2013

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    CHICAGO – Junior John Coen blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning for the UIC baseball team (25-26, 12-11 HL) as the Flames defeated Wright State (22-27, 9-11 HL) by a final of 10-8 on Friday evening at Nischwitz Field.  It was Coen’s first collegiate homer as he paced UIC at the plate by going 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs.  With a 12-11 Horizon League record, the Flames remain tied for second place with Valparaiso, but UIC does hold the tie-breaker for seeding purposes in the conference tournament after compiling a 5-1 record against the Crusaders this season. 

    Sophomore Tyler Detmer had an impressive day at the dish with two doubles, which boosted his league-leading total to 16 this season.  Senior Alex Grunenwald also tallied two hits as he recorded two runs and one RBI.

    “We were outstanding at the plate,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I’m happy with the win and staying in contention for second place, but we weren’t very aggressive on the mound tonight.  We can’t have that if we want to be successful.”

    After plating five in the second inning, UIC scored a lone run in the fourth to jump in front 6-0.  The Raiders took two of those runs back in the fifth and sixth frames, but the Flames answered with a pair in the top half of the seventh to stay comfortably ahead, 8-2.

    Wright State used a two-RBI homer from Jeff Limbaugh in the bottom of the seventh to pull within four (8-4), but UIC again countered with another pair of runs in the top of the eighth.

    The Raiders exploded in the bottom of the eighth for four runs on four hits as they were also allowed three free passes from the UIC pitching staff.  Fortunately for the Flames those were the final scores of the contest and UIC held strong in the ninth inning for the two-run triumph.

    Saturday’s series finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT and will be streamed live for free on WSURaiders.com.