Baseball Welcomes Youngstown State This Weekend

Junior Joey Begel will take the mound for UIC on Friday.
Junior Joey Begel will take the mound for UIC on Friday.

March 22, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012
2:05 p.m. CT.
Chicago, Ill. (Les Miller Field)
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
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CHICAGO, Ill. - The UIC baseball team opens its Horizon League home schedule this weekend as the Flames host Youngstown State for a three-game series, beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.  UIC owns a 17-home game winning streak against the Penguins and have won six of its last seven meetings.  The Flames will be seeking revenge as YSU ousted UIC from the Horizon League Tournament last year, ultimately ending the Flames season.

The Penguins carry a 2-16 record and a 1-2 mark in Horizon League play.  They lost their most recent contest against Notre Dame College on Tuesday afternoon (12-3), but managed a win over Milwaukee on Sunday in extra innings by a final score of 4-3.  Piloting the Penguin offense is senior Jeremy Banks as he leads YSU in most statistical categories, including batting average (.426), slugging percentage (.779), home runs (5), doubles (9) and RBI (25).  Junior lefty Blake Aquadro will take the mound for YSU on Friday, owning a 0-3 season record and a 8.89 ERA.

The Flames are fresh off a 3-1 victory at Bradley from Wednesday night, a game in which UIC received stellar pitching from freshman Tim Tarter and sophomore Collin Weyer.  In his first collegiate start, Tarter lasted 4.2 innings and gave up a mere five hits and the Braves’ lone run.  Weyer threw four innings of shutout ball and fanned three BU batters. 

With the win, the Flames improved to 6-12 overall and hold a conference mark of 1-2.  Redshirt junior Nick Addison paces UIC with a batting average of .317 and 20 hits.  Junior Joey Begel will make the start for the Flames on Friday as he owns a team-best 19 strikeouts and 30.1 innings pitched.  In his last outing against Wright State this past Friday, Begel lasted seven innings and gave up one earned run.