Baseball Looks to Continue Winning Streak in Home Series this Weekend
May 1, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team (19-19, 12-9) looks to continue its five-game winning streak this weekend in a three-game series against Horizon League-foe Milwaukee at Granderson Stadium. UIC currently holds the No. 2 spot in the conference standings, while the Panthers sit in third place. Action will commence on Friday at 6 p.m. CT, with single games on Saturday and Sunday.
The Flames took two of three from UWM in late March in a series that was actually held at UIC due to unplayable conditions at Milwaukee's home site of Henry Aaron Field. Competition with the Panthers has been historically evenly matched as UIC owns a slim 40-35 advantage since the 2000 season.
UIC claimed victory in both mid-week games on Tuesday and Wednesday, defeating Northern Illinois (10-9) and Bradley (9-5), respectively. Alex Jurich and Conor Philbin have been the highlight of UIC's play, combing for 11 hits and eight RBI. Jurich is 6-of-7 from the dish so far this week with three doubles, while Philbin has six RBI.
On Wednesday at Bradley, junior Jeff Boehm went yard on his first two at-bats, becoming just the second player ever to homer twice in one game at Dozer Field. He now leads the league in home runs with six and in slugging percentage (.622).
The Flames still stand as one of the nation's top offensive units as they rank ninth in team batting average with a mark of .311 and sixth in scoring (7.3 runs per game). Senior Alex Jurich owns the NCAA's 12th-best RBI per game rate of 1.11 and senior Jacob McNamara ranks 27th in the country in on-base percentage (.477).
Milwaukee enters the weekend with an overall record of 16-18 with a conference mark of 8-7. Ryan Solberg paces UWM at the plate with a season batting average of .355 as teammate Ryan McShane owns the second-highest batter clip of .322.