Baseball Defeats Dallas Baptist At NCAA College Station Regional, 9-5
May 31, 2008
College Station, Texas- The UIC baseball team overcame a three-run deficit by scoring five times in the fifth en route to a 9-5 win over Dallas Baptist at the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional.
UIC (35-21) advances to meet Houston in an elimination game at Olsen Field on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Central. Dallas Baptist (37-19) had its season ended with the loss.
Ty Rubio hit a go-ahead two-run single as the Flames batted around in the fateful fifth and scored all five of its runs during the inning with two outs.
Peter Ifft earned the win in relief, allowing just one run in the game's final five innings.
UIC capitalized on Dallas Baptist's control issues on the mound. Five of the eight Flames batters who were hit by pitches during the game eventually came around to score, including all four of the fifth inning's drilled hitters.
The two teams set a new NCAA tournament record with 11 combined hit batsmen in the game.
Dallas Baptist broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth, aided by three consecutive hits to begin the inning and a pair of sac flies.
That brought up Rubio, who looped a ball to right for a base hit that drove in the tying and go-ahead runs.
Jake Carr then executed a perfect squeeze bunt that brought McGuiggan in from third.
Ifft escaped trouble caused by leadoff singles in the seventh and eighth innings by inducing ground balls to shortstop Rafael Garcia that were converted into double plays during both frames.
UIC put the game away in the eighth when Brett Schaefer hit a run-scoring single that recorded his 60th RBI of the season, and Ryan Schweikert lined a base hit through the right side to drive in the final tally of the day.
The victory was the second NCAA Regional win in UIC's baseball history. Both have occurred in the last two years.