Baseball Keeps Championship Hopes Alive in 5-0 Win over YSU
May 26, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team will advance to game 10 of the 2012 Horizon League Championship, keeping its post season hopes alive, after eliminating #6 seed Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 5-0. Junior pitcher Tim Suminski collected his first career complete game shutout as he picked up his second win of the season, allowing a mere four hits and retiring the last nine YSU batters.
UIC will now play No. 1 seed Valpo at 4 p.m. CST, looking to force a game 11 which would be played on Sunday at noon for the conference crown.
Nick Addison piloted UIC at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI as Jon Ryan and Alex Grunenwald posted two hits apiece. Ryan recorded his sixth home run of the season on a two-run shot over the right field wall in the seventh inning, the team’s seventh homer of the tournament.
UIC added another single score in the fourth frame as Jon Ryan began the inning with a single to right field. Alex Lee pushed Ryan over to second with a single to left center, but Ryan was thrown out after Alex Jurich popped up a bunt to the pitcher. Nick Addison eventually sent Lee across the dish with a stand-up triple to right field, his second of the championship.
The Flames took a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning as Jacob McNamara started the frame with a single to left center. McNamara was advanced over to second base off a sac bunt from Alex De LaRosa and was then driven home by Betcher who singled to left field.
UIC put up two more runs in the bottom of the seventh frame on Ryan’s two-run blast, cementing the Flames third win of the tournament.