Flames Down Butler in Game Two on Friday Night, 11-2|
May 18, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team captured the series win over Butler in game two of the three-game set on Friday night by a final score of 11-2 at Les Miller Field. Redshirt junior Nick Addison belted his first career grand slam in the fifth frame en route to an eight-run inning for the Flames. Freshman Pitcher Brian Evak collected his fifth win of the season as he lasted five innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run.
With the win, UIC improves to 19-31 overall and 12-16 in the Horizon League.
"I thought we had a lot of good at-bats and pitched really well today," said head coach Mike Dee. "Our guys have been playing real calm lately and we've done a good job executing. Hopefully we can come out and get one more tomorrow to have some momentum for the tournament."
Junior Charlie Weinberg pitched three effective innings for UIC as he allowed just four hits and no earned runs. Freshman Ryan Hinchley entered the contest in the ninth frame to close out the game as Butler went three up, and three down.
The Flames jumped on top of the Bulldogs early with two runs in the second inning as Jon Ryan kicked things off with a double to right center. He was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Jurich and eventually plated by Addison who also laid down a sac bunt. Alex Lee scored the other run after reaching on a walk and was driven home following a single by John Coen.
Butler put up its first score on the board in the fourth frame as Radley Haddad was able to scamper home on a throwing error to first by Jacob McNamara as he tried to record the inning's final out.
In the fifth inning, the Flames unleashed an impressive offensive attack by posting eight runs, the most of any single frame for UIC this season. The Flames cycled around the order and then some, as 11 total batters came to the plate.
Addison was the first to score off an RBI-infield single from Alex De LaRosa and then Grunenwald drove in two scores with a single to right center, plating De LaRosa and McNamara. With Betcher on third after reaching base on a fielder's choice, Jurich sent him home following an RBI bunt single. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Addison sent his fourth homer of the year over the left field fence, extending UIC's lead to 10-1.
Each squad would add an additional score to their final tally as the Flames locked up the nine-run victory.
Saturday's series finale will begin at 1:05 p.m. CT with freshman Tim Tarter set to start for the Flames.
UIC athletics will provide a free radio broadcast of the game with the "Voice of UIC Baseball" Justin Weiner making the call. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.