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    May 19, 2012

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    CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team fell in its final regular season game of the 2012 season against Butler on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 3-2 at Les Miller Field.  The Flames held an early 2-0 lead after the first two innings, but gave up three unanswered Bulldog scores to close out the affair.  With the loss, UIC falls to 19-32 on the season and 12-17 in the conference.

    After the contest, the UIC athletic department honored Chris Hoffman with a senior plaque that was accompanied by a standing ovation by the UIC fan base.  Hoffman came to UIC from Triton College and earned Horizon League All-Newcomer team honors in his junior year.  The six-foot six-inch right hander tallied three saves during his senior campaign to lead all Flames’ pitchers and ranks fifth in the conference.

    Freshman Tomas Michelson made his first collegiate start and lasted 4.2 innings, allowing just five hits and two earned runs.  Alex De LaRosa and Jon Ryan guided the Flames at the plate with a pair of hits each.

    De LaRosa began the first inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a balk by the Butler pitcher Eric Stout.  Junior Joe Betcher drove him in with a one-bagger to right field, giving UIC an early 1-0 lead.

    Redshirt junior Nick Addison kicked off the second inning with a single to right field and was pushed over to second on a groundout by John Coen.  Addison then stole third base, remaining a perfect 15-for-15 on the year, and eventually was sent home on a groundout sacrifice by Jacob McNamara.

    After two scoreless innings for both squads, the Bulldogs notched two runs in the top half of the fifth frame to knot the score at 2-2.  Butler would then plate one more runner in the seventh frame to jump in front of the Flames, permanently 3-2.

    The Flames will now prepare for 2012 Horizon League Tournament as they hold the No. 4 seed.  UIC will face No. 5 seed Butler in game one of the championship on Wednesday, May 23 at 11 am CT.  Les Miller Field will host all 10 games of the tournament as all contests will be aired live on the Horizon League Network.