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    Feb. 20, 2013

    CHICAGO – UIC sophomore pitcher Tomas Michelson has been named the National Primetime Pitcher of the Week by for his efforts against #24 Texas A&M last Friday.  Making just his third career start, Michelson piloted the Flames to a 2-0 upset victory against the Aggies to mark the program’s first season-opening win since 2002. 

    “Tomas went out there and did what he was capable of doing,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “It wasn’t surprising to us because we know how talented he is.”

    In front of an A&M crowd of more than 6,000, Michelson threw 7.1 scoreless innings and allowed a mere four hits, while fanning five Aggie batters.  The Naperville, Ill., native picked up just his second career win as he limited A&M to a batting percentage of .160. He logged three 1-2-3 innings and did not allow a runner to reach third base, with only three advancing to second.

     Five strikeouts serves as a new career-high for the right-hander as does 7.1 innings pitched. 

    Texas A&M appeared in the College World Series in 2011 and concluded the 2012 campaign ranked 16th in the final edition of the NCAA’s RPI. 

    The Flames return to the diamond on Friday, Feb. 22 for a three-game series at Santa Clara with a double-header scheduled for Saturday.