UIC Prepares To Host 2001 MCC Baseball Championship

UIC's Les Miller Field will be the site of the 2001 MCC Baseball Championship.
UIC's Les Miller Field will be the site of the 2001 MCC Baseball Championship.

May 14, 2001

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Chicago, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago's Les Miller Field will play host to the 2001 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Baseball Championship, which runs from May 17-20, with the Flames entering the post-season action as the #2 seed.

UIC, which wrapped up the regular-season with a 30-26 overall mark and a 13-7 record in MCC play, will face #5 Cleveland State at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament. Top-seeded UW-Milwaukee will take on #6 Detroit in the day's early game at 11:00 a.m. while #3 Wright State/#4 Butler will follow the Flames at 7:00 p.m.

After starting the year out with a 3-16 record, UIC has come on strong since to go 27-10, including a 7-3 mark against Big Ten programs. Against Cleveland State, in their first league action of the year, the Flames swept the four-game series behind the hot bats of Chuck Peters (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) and J.P. Moran (Burlington, Wis./Westosha Central). Peters batted .636 with three home runs, seven RBI, three runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.545 while Moran compiled a .538 batting average with five RBI and three runs.

If the Flames can get by Cleveland State in the first round, they would take on the winner of #3 Wright State/#4 Butler at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Game times for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. while the championship game on Sunday, May 20, is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. Winner of the MCC Tournament receives a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

For further information on game times or ticket prices, please call the UIC Ticket Office at (312) 413-UIC1.