Baseball Ends Season with 1-0 Setback in HL Tourney
May 23, 2014
MEQUON, Wis. – The No. 2 seed UIC baseball team (24-27) concluded its 2014 season with a 1-0 defeat against third-seeded Valparaiso (25-27) on Friday afternoon in game six of the Horizon League Tournament at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis. UIC sophomore pitcher Ian Lewandowski tossed his first career complete game, but the Flames managed just four hits and stranded eight on base throughout the contest.
Valpo scored its lone run in the fourth inning off an RBI-single from Crusader catcher Jake Hanson. The sophomore finished the day with a game-high 3-of-4 from the plate.
The Flames had chances to score with their best opportunity coming in the fifth frame. Redshirt junior Zenon Kolakowski was UIC’s first base runner of the inning with a single to left field and was then pushed over to second after freshman Cody Bohanek was walked. John Coen juiced the bases on a hit-by-pitch, but the next batter freshman Mickey McDonald flied out to right. UIC also had a runner in scoring position in each of the final three innings.
Valpo pitcher Ellis Foreman was credited with the win as he lasted eight frames and recorded five strikeouts. Senior Karch Kowalczyk came in for Foreman in the ninth and picked up his 11 save of the year.
For a large majority of the season, the Flames were recognized as one of the top offensive teams in the country. They finish the 2014 campaign ranked 11th in the nation in on-base percentage (.393), 12th in batting average (.304) and 15th in runs per game (6.6).
Senior Jacob McNamara is still in the running for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, which is presented annually to college baseball’s “Breakout Player of the Year.” McNamara was named to the Watch List in early May and awaits the announcement for semifinalists on May 30.