Baseball Set to Host Butler for Final Regular Season Series
May 15, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team welcomes Horizon League-foe Butler to Les Miller field this weekend for its final three-game series of the 2012 regular season. The trio of contests begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT with Friday and Saturdays’ games starting at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The Flames have won 17 out of the last 18 meetings against the Bulldogs and currently ride a 15-home game winning streak when facing Butler. UIC took two-of-three from the Indianapolis squad earlier in the season, marking Butler’s first win over the Flames since April 21, 2007.
UIC enters the three-game set with a fourth-place showing in the Horizon League standings at 10-16. Last Saturday at Valparaiso, the Flames captured an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders to snap an eight-game losing streak. Prior to the contest, Valpo was tied for first in the conference with Wright State – the Raiders now hold a one game lead over Valparaiso. Brian Evak collected his first collegiate complete game in Saturday’s triumph as he scattered nine hits and allowed just three runs.
The Flames offense has been piloted by junior Alex Grunenwald who has a .335 batting average, which ranks tied-for-eighth in the conference. Ryan Boss provides the big bat as he owns a third of UIC’s homers with seven, a mark that ranks tied-for-third in the league.
Butler comes into the weekend with a 9-18 conference record, sitting fifth in the league standings. The Bulldogs are on a four-game losing skid and have dropped 13 of their last 15 contests. Butler has some fire power at the plate in Jimmy Risi and Pat Gelwicks. Risi leads the league with 10 home runs and ranks second in slugging percentage at .540. Gelwicks owns a .356 batting average and has a conference-leading on-base percentage of .473.
The UIC athletic department will provide a free audio broadcast of Thursday and Fridays’ games, while Saturday’s contest being streamed live on HorizonLeague.com.