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    May 15, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team will travel to Dayton, Ohio this week for its final series of the 2013 season against Wright State, beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.  The three-game stint will be crucial in determining the final Horizon League standings in which the Flames currently sit second with an 11-10 conference mark.  Milwaukee has already clinched the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Tournament with a series sweep against Youngstown State last weekend.  If UIC can take two-of-three from the Raiders this weekend then they will have secured the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

    Wright State won the series against the Flames back in mid-April by claiming the final two contests, 6-4 and 11-6, at Les Miller Field.  UIC triumphed in the opening tilt, 6-1, behind a strong performance from sophomore pitcher Tomas Michelson who logged his first career complete game in that decision.  This past week, Michelson was named the Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Week, along with UWM’s Cale Tassi, for his effort in 3-0 victory over Valparaiso last Friday.

    The Raiders look to get back on track after dropping five of their last six outings.  WSU currently owns a 21-26 overall record with a 8-10 mark in the league play, winning their most recent conference series against fifth-place YSU two weeks ago.  The Raiders house a potent offense with four players hitting above the .300 level and as a team front the conference in home runs with 23.  Piloting the group of WSU hitters is junior Kieston Greene who owns a .342 batting average coupled with a slugging percentage of .526.

    The Flames are fresh off a series sweep versus Valparaiso this past weekend at home, which catapulted them into sole possession of second place.  UIC out-scored the Crusaders by a margin of 20-7 and racked up a total of 28 hits over the three-game span.  Senior Ryan Boss led the charge by going 7-of-13 (.538) from the plate, including three doubles and a triple.


     

     

    Saturday’s series finale will be streamed live free of charged provided by WSURaiders.com.