Flames Eye Sole Possession of Second Place at YSU

Senior RHP Joey Begel
Senior RHP Joey Begel

April 18, 2013

CHICAGO- Fresh off a 6-0 shutout win Tuesday night against Chicago State, the UIC baseball team will step back into Horizon League play as they travel to Youngstown, Ohio to take on the YSU Penguins for a three-game series.  Action begins on Friday at Eastwood Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.  Both Saturday and Sunday’s contest will commence at noon. 

Both the Flames and Penguins enter play on Friday tied for second place, with a record of 6-6 in the Horizon League standings.  The last time these two teams met on March 17th, the Flames defeated the Penguins 8-1, with help from senior pitcher Joey Begel who led the Flames only giving up one run in eight innings.  The Flames took the series winning two-of-three games and extended their series record having won 13 of the last 20 games played versus YSU.

 “Youngstown is a much improved team,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “They are going to be a handful for us this weekend and if we are able to win two out of three we would be very happy with that.” 

The Penguins will return home to take on the Flames after a mid-week trip to Toledo, where freshman pitcher Jared Wright (5.33 era) earned his first colligate victory(13-4) after pitching six innings. This weekend the Flames bullpen will face Penguins’ leading hitters, juniors Drew Dosch (.308) and Kris Moules (.293).

Sophomore right-handed pitcher and recently named Horizon League Pitcher of the week, Tomas Michelson (1.82 era) will take the mound for the Flames Friday afternoon, while senior Joey Begel (3.40 era) and freshman Ian Lewandowski (1.93 era) get the nod for the last two games of the series, respectively.