Baseball Travels to No. 9 Vanderbilt for Three-Game Series
Feb. 20, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team will hit the road again this weekend to face No. 9 Vanderbilt for a three-game stint, beginning on Friday at 4 p.m. CT. The Flames are off to their best start in 10 years with a 3-1 record after the first four games of the season. The Commodores owns a 4-15 all-time series advantage against the Flames and swept UIC last season in Nashville. UIC did take then-ranked No. 2 Vanderbilt into extra innings last year on the final day of competition.The Flames enter the weekend series with a team batting average of .342 and tout eight players hitting at or above the coveted .300 mark. UIC began the season by taking two games from Marist with outcomes of 11-3 and 10-7. The Flames then defeated Lamar in 12 innings by a score of 6-3 on Saturday night, but fell short on Sunday afternoon, 8-7, in 10 frames. Senior John Coen leads the team with a batting average of .472 after going 9-of-19 in the opening weekend of play.
The Flames' bullpen is led junior Tomas Michelson who will get the nod on Friday. Michelson has been selected by several college baseball prognosticators as the Horizon League's Preseason Pitcher of the Year. He lasted 7.2 innings in UIC's season opener last Friday and picked up the win, while fanning five batters. Freshman Micthell Schulewitz had a superb collegiate debut last weekend, tossing five innings in three games and allowed zero runs scored on just three hits. Sophomore Ian Lewandowski will take the mound on Saturday with sophomore Jack Andersen getting the start on Sunday.
The Commodores tout a perfect 4-0 record after sweeping Long Beach State last weekend and defeating Lipscomb, 5-1, this past Wednesday. The defending SEC champions return 19 letterwinners from a squad that finished 2013 with an overall record of 54-12 and 26-3 in league play. Vandy advanced to the Nashville Super Regionals last year and have appeared in eight-straight NCAA tournaments. Junior lefty Jarod Miller was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week for his six shutout innings against the Dirtbags. Miller will throw on Saturday as right-handers Tyler Beede and Tyler Ferguson will start on Friday and Sunday, respectively.