Baseball Hosts Defending HL Champion Valpo this Weekend

Junior pitcher Tomas Michelson.
Junior pitcher Tomas Michelson.

March 20, 2014

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (4-9, 0-3) prepares to host the defending Horizon League Tournament Champion Valparaiso this weekend for a three-game series, starting at 5:05 p.m. CT on Friday evening.  The trio of games will continue and conclude on Saturday with a doubleheader, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

All games will be played at Curtis Granderson Stadium, which is still currently under construction.  All patrons are asked to enter through UIC’s Physical Education Building (901 W. Roosevelt Rd.), walk straight through the first floor hallway and continue in to the left field stadium entrance.  Fan seating will only be available in the third-base grandstands.  Ticket prices are $7 for general admission.  Click here for season ticket information.

The Flames lost their most recent outing against the Crusaders in the opening game of the 2013 HL Championship by a final of 8-7. However, UIC won five of the six regular season meetings versus Valpo last year, including a three-game sweep at home.

The Crusaders enter their first weekend of conference play with an overall record of 8-7.  They currently ride a three-game win streak and defeated Chicago State this past Tuesday by a final of 7-1.  Valpo will start Cole Webb on Friday as the right-hander owns a 2-2 record and leads the team with 14 strikeouts.  Lefty hurler Dalton Lundeen will take the mound in game one on Saturday’s doubleheader, while 6-foot-3 freshman Mario Losi will get nod for the series finale.

The Flames seek their first victory since Feb. 28, after dropping seven straight contests.  Despite the 4-11 record, UIC’s offense owns a team batting average of .286 and a slugging percentage of .370.  Against Chicago State this past Wednesday, the Flames totaled six doubles on 15 hits.  Junior Tyler Detmer has belted home runs in back-to-back games this past week, including his first career grand slam versus NIU on Tuesday.  Junior transfer Jeff Boehm has sparked the Flames’ offense as of late, recording four doubles in the last five games and a slugging percentage of .524.

The Flames will throw their usual rotation of Tomas Michelson, Ian Lewandowski and Jack Andersen.