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    April 10, 2014

    CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team (12-14, 7-5) will travel to new Horizon League member Oakland this weekend for a three-game series set to begin on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.  Friday’s tilt will also serve as the first-ever meeting between the two Midwest programs and the Grizzlies first home game of the season.  Action will resume on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.  The weekend set will be UIC’s first road game since March 19, having played 11 consecutive home contests.

    The Flames have won eight of their last 10 outings and have also claimed series victories in the past three Horizon League weekends.  UIC’s comeback against Chicago State on Wednesday night fell short by a final of 8-7 after they were down 6-1 through four innings. 

    Redshirt junior Alex Lee was recognized by the conference office on Monday afternoon, earning his first career Batter of the Week award.  Lee orchestrated a stellar week at the plate, hitting .769 (10-of-13) and slugging 1.077.  He belted his first career home run in a midweek domination against Purdue, piloting the Flames to an 18-5 triumph.  During UIC’s weekend sweep versus Youngstown State, Lee went 8-of-10 from the dish with six runs and four RBIs.

    The Flames are well represented in the latest edition of the NCAA’s national statistical rankings.  As a team, UIC ranks ninth in the nation with a batting average of .309, 10th in on-base percentage (.405) and 12th in runs per game (7.4).  Senior Jacob McNamara paces UIC with a hitting mark of .406, which ranks 20th in the country, while senior Alex Jurich averages 1.29 RBI per outing, the fourth-highest ratio in the NCAA.

    Oakland enters the weekend stint with an overall record of 5-17 and a Horizon League mark of 0-6.  The won their most recent outing on Wednesday against in-state rival Central Michigan by a final of 14-8, scoring 10 runs in the final two innings.  Two players are hitting above the coveted .300 mark for OU in sophomore Mike Brosseau (.358) and freshman Zach Sterry (.339).