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    April 11, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team will host Horizon League-foe Wright State this weekend for a three-game series scheduled to begin on Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT.  The Flames look to continue their recent success after winning eight of the last 11 games that includes a series win against defending league champion Valparaiso last week.  With a conference record of 5-4, UIC is locked in a two-tie for second place with Youngstown State, while Wright State sits fourth with a league mark of 4-5.

    The last time these two teams met UIC out-slugged WSU by a final of 19-9 in the second round of the 2012 Horizon League Tournament on May 24.  The game witnessed six home runs with five coming from UIC’s bats and two by Alex Grunenwald.  Both squads combined for 21 hits in the first three innings as the Flames posted a season-high 23 hits, four doubles and two triples.

    Sophomore Tyler Detmer continues to lead UIC at the plate with an average of .327.  Grunenwald has been providing much of the power with a league-leading five homers and 27 RBI with a team-high .472 slugging percentage.  Sophomore Tomas Michelson will take the mound for UIC on Friday as senior Joey Begel gets the nod on Saturday and freshman Ian Lewandowski on Sunday.

    Wright State has won six of its last nine games as they claimed victory at the Joe Nuxhall Classic this past week for the second consecutive year.  Prior to that event, WSU took two-of-three from Penn State, but dropped a series at Youngstown State.  The Raiders are paced by Keiston Greene and Mark Fowler who are hitting .375 and .353, respectively, on the season.


     

     

    UICFlames.com will provide free audio coverage of all three games as “The Voice of the Flames” Justine Weiner will be on the call.