Baseball Falls to #4 Milwaukee in Game 4 of HL Tournament, 12-4
May 22, 2014
MEQUON, Wis. – The UIC baseball team (24-26) dropped game four of the 2014 Horizon League Championship on Thursday afternoon by a final of 12-4 to fourth-seeded Milwaukee (21-27). The Flames will now play in an elimination game at 11 a.m. CT on Friday against No. 3 seed Valparaiso. The Crusaders lost their opening contest on Wednesday versus No. 6 Youngstown State, but prevailed earlier today against No. 5 seed Oakland.
After two scoreless innings, the stage appeared to be set for a pitcher’s duel, however UWM plated three runs the top of the third and never looked back. UIC starter Tomas Michelson lasted 5 2/3 innings, but allowed 13 hits and nine runs. Milwaukee pitcher Sam Keller logged eight innings of work and limited the Flames to just six hits with five strikeouts.
The Panthers recorded a pair of runs in the fourth and then after four more scores in the sixth, UWM had amassed an insurmountable 9-1 lead.
The Flames finally crossed the dish in the bottom of the sixth with two runs as first-team all-leaguer John Coen ripped a double to right center to begin the frame. After freshman Mickey McDonald was walked, junior slugger Jeff Boehm posted his 16th double of the season, driving in Coen and McDonald.
UIC made it a 9-4 ballgame in the seventh after McDonald drove in redshirt junior Zenon Kolakowski on a fielder’s choice, his 24th RBI of the season.
The Panthers went on to plate three more runs as they move on to play the winner of Thursday night’s contest between Wright State and Youngstown State.