Flames Advance in HL Tournament Defeating Penguins, 15-5

Joe Betcher went 4-for-4 versus YSU in the HL tourney.
Joe Betcher went 4-for-4 versus YSU in the HL tourney.

May 24, 2013

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NILES, Ohio – Facing a 5-0 deficit after four innings, the No. 2 seed UIC baseball team (27-27) scored 15 unanswered runs against No. 6 seed Youngstown State (14-43) on Friday afternoon in game four of the Horizon League Tournament to advance by a final score of 15-5, ousting the host Penguins.  The Flames will now play No. 4 seed Wright State at 7 p.m. ET in their second straight elimination game. 

The Flames scored all 15 runs in a four-inning span, beginning in the fifth frame.  Five separate Flames’ batters tallied multiple hits as senior Joe Betcher led the way by going 4-for-4 with four runs.  Seniors Ryan Boss and Ryan Shober collected three RBI apiece as senior Alex De LaRosa drove in two.  Fifteen runs ties a season-high for UIC with 16 hits serving as the second highest tally on the year.

Redshirt junior Mike Schoolcraft was credited with the win after he entered the game in the fourth frame.  Schoolcraft allowed just four hits in five innings of work and gave up three earned runs.

The fifth inning began with Betcher reaching base on a hit-by-pitch and was advanced to second off a single from Carl SugiharaJohn Coen loaded the bases with a single to center field and then Betcher was driven in by Shober who notched a sac fly to left.  After Tyler Detmer reached on a fielder’s choice, Boss drilled a triple to right center that scored Betcher and Detmer.  De LaRosa recorded the final RBI of the frame with a single up the middle that sent Boss across the dish, cutting YSU’s lead to 5-4.

The Flames actually captured the lead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the books.  Coen drove in the first run on a single to center field and a throwing error by the YSU shortstop sent two more Flames across the plate. 

UIC continued the onslaught in the seventh frame with six runs on just three hits, but two costly YSU errors allowed for extra Flames’ bases.  The Penguins committed five total miscues on the day, leaving seven UIC runs unearned.

Two additional scores for the Flames in the eighth inning finalized the 10-run triumph.