Baseball Welcomes YSU to Begin Horizon League Play

Head coach Mike Dee owns 448 career wins and could eclipse No. 450 this weekend.
Head coach Mike Dee owns 448 career wins and could eclipse No. 450 this weekend.

March 14, 2013

CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (5-8) will kick off Horizon League action at home this weekend as they entertain Youngstown State (3-15) for a three-game series, beginning at 4:05 p.m. CT on Friday.  The Flames hold a decisive advantage over YSU as of late, winning 14 of their last 20 gatherings, dating back to April 12, 2008.  UIC went 4-3 versus the Penguins last year, sweeping the home series and eliminating YSU from the conference tournament on May 26 by a final of 5-0.

"We're very excited to start the league season," said head coach Mike Dee.  "I think the league has improved substantially in the last four or five years.  It is very difficult to pick up three straight wins on any team in the league.  I think it's good for our program that we're competing week-in and week-out."

The Flames are coming off a 6-1 loss to Roosevelt on Wednesday in which UIC stranded 13 runners on base.  Despite the setback, the Flames have much to hang their hat on during the early portion of the 2013 season.  According to, a baseball ratings website, UIC owns the 12th-toughest played schedule in the country so far this year and house the league's highest RPI mark of 85. 

In each of the first four weeks of play, the Flames have earned weekly conference accolades as no other HL school has garnered more than two.  Senior Alex Grunenwald is already a two-time Horizon League Batter of the Week recipient.

Youngstown State enters the weekend with a 3-15 record, picking up non-conference wins against Samford, West Virginia and Morehead State.  The Penguins have dropped their last four outings and postponed its most recent scheduled game versus Coppin State this past Tuesday due to rain.  YSU is led at the plate by Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Drew Dosch.  The senior is batting .324 with a slugging percentage of .585.

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