UIC Baseball Set to Host Northern Illinois on Tuesday

Junior transfer Jeff Boehm
Junior transfer Jeff Boehm

March 17, 2014

CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (4-9, 0-3) will host its first home game of the 2014 season this Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. CT, against in-state rival Northern Illinois.  The third-base grandstands will be the only seating option available due to the ongoing construction of Curtis Granderson Stadium.  Those attending the game must enter through UIC’s Physical Education Building (901 W. Roosevelt Rd.), walk straight through the first floor hallway and continue on to the left field stadium entrance. 

Tickets for Tuesday’s game are priced at $7 and can be purchased at the gate or by calling the UIC ticket office at 312-413-8421.  Season tickets for UIC baseball are also on sale.  Click here to view the season ticket brochure.

Northern Illinois has dominated the series as of late, winning the previous eight meeting against the Flames.  UIC’s most recent win versus the Huskies occurred on April 20, 2005, by a final score of 3-0 in Chicago.  In their lone matchup last season, NIU captured a 7-5 victory at Les Miller Field on May 1.

The Flames recently dropped their Horizon League opening series against Wright State this past weekend, falling in the first two games by a combined three runs.  Senior John Coen performed well in the three-game stint, hitting 8-for-17 (.471) with three runs and three RBI.  The second baseman also posted a double and a triple in the series.  Kentucky transfer Jeff Boehm appeared in a UIC jersey for the first time this weekend as he went 5-for-12 from the plate, starting all three games at first.

NIU enters the midweek matchup with an overall record of 1-15-1 that includes an away mark of 0-8-1.  The Huskies have struggled from the plate so far this season, hitting just .199 and have been outscored 115-39 in their 17 games.  Last season, NIU finished first the MAC West with a conference record of 16-11, however they lost 11 letterman.  The Huskies are coached by Ed Mathey who enters his 12th season with the school and 21st as a college head coach.  He stands as NIU’s all-time leader in head coaching victories with 278 wins.