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    May 2, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team will step out of Horizon League play this weekend and welcome East Tennessee State to Les Miller Field for a three-game series set to begin on Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT.  Friday’s contest will be the first ever meeting between the two schools as ETSU takes a break from Atlantic Sun action.  The Flames continue their nine-game homestand that commenced this past Tuesday against Rockford and will conclude next Sunday versus Valparaiso.

    “We look to keep improving at the plate this weekend,” said head coach Mike Dee.  “I thought we made good progress this week and if we gain some more confidence I think we’ll be in good shape during the final stretch of the season.”

    The Buccaneers enter the trio of games with an overall record of 25-19 and conference mark of 13-8.  They dropped a non-league game against Tennessee Tech this past Wednesday, 10-6, before edging Appalachian State 7-6 on Tuesday and claiming two-of-three versus Kennesaw State last weekend.  Junior Clinton Freeman paces the team with a .360 batting average and fronts the club in hits (63), homers (10), doubles (17), RBI (46) and slugging percentage (.663).  Right-hander Kerry Doane will get the nod for ETSU on Friday as the senior touts an impressive 9-1 record this season.  Freshman Josh Jacques is line to start on Saturday, while Logan Rice is slated for Sunday.

    The Flames recently split a pair of midweek games, downing Rockford College by a final of 11-1 on Tuesday and getting clipped by Northern Illinois on Wednesday, 7-5.  Sophomore Tyler Detmer continues to lead the team at the plate with a batting average of .309.  UIC houses a strong stable of pitchers who hold opposing batters to an average of .268.  Sophomore ace Tomas Michelson will be on the bump for the Flames as he holds a team-high five wins and 53 strikeouts.  Freshman Ian Lewandowski and redshirt junior Mike McKinley are scheduled to take the hill on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.