UIC Baseball Sweeps MCC Accolades

Eric Duke was named the MCC Player of the Week on Monday.
Eric Duke was named the MCC Player of the Week on Monday.

April 11, 2000

Chicago, Ill. - UIC second baseman Eric Duke (Mendota, Ill./Mendota) and pitcher Brad Mears (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/LaSalle) have both been honored by the Midwestern Collegiate Conference following their tremendous performances last week.

Duke, who was named the MCC's Player of the Week, helped the Flames to a 4-1 record, including a 3-1 mark in conference play, as he batted .619 (13-for-21) with seven RBI and 11 runs scored. In the four-game series with Wright State, the senior tallied 11 hits, nine runs, six RBI, three doubles and his third home run of the year.

With the stellar week, Duke, a member of the 1999 All-MCC First Team, raised his season batting average to .327, which is third-highest on the squad, and he continues to lead the Flames with 37 hits and 31 RBI. Additionally, Duke has struck out just eight times in 113 at bats.

Mears, a junior in his first year at UIC, was named the MCC Pitcher of the Week after he picked up his third win of the year last Saturday as he shut out Wright State in the Flames' 20-0 victory. In nine complete innings on the mound, the transfer from Indian Hills Junior College in Centerville, Iowa, allowed just two hits and struck out eight, including the final five batters of the game.

With the win, Mears lowered his season ERA to 4.26, second-lowest on the squad, while raising his team-leading strikeout total to 41. Additionally, Mears, who struck out a season-high 14 batters against St. Ambrose on March 30, has held the opposition to a .206 batting average for the year.

UIC will be in action this evening at Bradley at 5:30 p.m. before resuming MCC play this weekend at Cleveland State. The four-game series is slated to begin Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. (EST).