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    May 15, 2000

    Chicago, Ill. - The UIC baseball team, which clinched its first-ever MCC regular-season title on Sunday following a split with Detroit, will enter the 2000 MCC Championship as the #2 seed. UW-Milwaukee, with whom the Flames shared first place during the regular season, will be the top seed based on a number of tiebreakers.

    The Flames will meet up with Wright State in their first round game at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, May 18, in Dayton, Ohio. UW-Milwaukee and sixth-seeded Detroit will play the first game on Thursday starting at 11:00 a.m. and then #3 Cleveland State and #4 Butler will square off at 3:00 p.m.

    During the regular-season, UIC took 3-of-4 games from Wright State when they met in Chicago in early April, dropping the first contest, 8-3, before rebounding for 20-0, 17-6 and 21-1 wins in the final three games. Eric Duke paced the Flames during the series with the Raiders, going 11-for-17 with nine runs scored while overall, UIC compiled a .463 team average against Wright State. The Flames' pitchers held the Raiders to a .225 batting average and tallied a 3.66 ERA led by Brad Mears, who shutout WSU and allowed just two hits in nine complete innings of work.

    If the Flames win their first game against Wright State, they would play the winner of Cleveland State/Butler at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19. If UIC falls to the Raiders in game one, it would play the loser of UW-Milwaukee/Detroit at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

    The last time UIC was the second seed, in 1993 as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference, it captured the tournament title as it knocked off Valparaiso, Eastern Illinois and Wright State along the way before taking out Cleveland State, 13-12, in the championship game.