Baseball Hosts NIU on Tuesday; Travels to Bradley on Wednesday

Senior Alex Jurich leads the HL in RBI with 39.
Senior Alex Jurich leads the HL in RBI with 39.

April 28, 2014

CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (17-19, 12-9) will carry a three-game win streak into a pair of contests against in-state rivals Northern Illinois and Bradley this week.  The Flames will host NIU on Tuesday and journey to Bradley on Wednesday with both games scheduled to start at approximately 7 p.m. CT. 

The Huskies captured a come-from-behind win against UIC earlier in the season on March 18, plating five runs in the ninth inning after the Flames held a 7-3 lead.  The Huskies have given UIC troubles as of the late, winning nine straight contests that dates back to the 2006 season.

The Flames have not competed against Bradley since the 2012 season when both squads picked up a non-league road victory.  Their last meeting was April 11, 2012 at Les Miller Field as the Braves came away with a 9-4 triumph.

UIC enters the week after sweeping Horizon League-foe Valparaiso on the road this past weekend, which catapulted the Flames into sole possession of second place in the conference standings.  UIC seeks its first home win since April 6 as its last five victories have all been away.

The Flames still stand as one of the nation's top offensive units as they rank 10th in team batting average with a mark of .309 and 10th in scoring per game (7.2 runs). 

NIU owns a season record of 13-29-1 and have won four of their last five outings. The Huskies also defeated HL-member and third-place Milwaukee last Wednesday at home by a final of 3-2.  NIU is paced at the plate by sophomores Brian Sisler and Justin Fletcher who bat .299 and .291, respectively.

Bradley prepares to host the Flames inside Dozer Park as they tout an overall record of 21-19 with a home mark of just 4-9.  The Braves were recently swept by MVC-foe Evansville this past weekend.  They are guided by sophomore Tyler Leffler and junior Issac Smith who are averaging .357 and .345, respectively, from this dish.