Baseball Earns No. 2 Seed with 1-0 Win over Wright State|
May 18, 2013
CHICAGO - Senior Ryan Boss came through in the clutch for the UIC baseball team (26-26, 13-11 HL) in a 1-0 win against Wright State (22-28, 9-12 HL) on Saturday afternoon to claim the series and regular season finale. With runners on first and second in the ninth inning, Boss slapped a single up the middle to score Andres Ortegano and record the lone run of the day. The Flames finished tied-for-second in the Horizon League with Valparaiso, but will own the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament as UIC owns the tie-breaker over the Crusaders.
Action for the Horizon League Tournament begins on Wednesday (May 22) with UIC scheduled to start on Thursday (May 23) against No. 3 seed Valparaiso.
"I give our guys a great deal of credit," said head coach Mike Dee. "To improve as much as we have since the start of the season and earn the No. 2 seed is very impressive. I am truly proud of them."
Sophomore Alex Posey collected his first win of the season as he came in to pitch the final three innings, allowing a mere two hits. The Flames offense struggled with only three hits as Boss, Ortegano and Zenon Kolakowkski notched one hit apiece. Senior Tim Suminski tossed three innings of middle relief, fanning three WSU batters and yielded just one hit.
The 2013 Horizon League Tournament marks the 12th occurrence in the past 14 seasons that UIC has garnered No .2 seed or higher. Last year the Flames fought their way to the championship game with the No. 4 seed, but eventually lost to Valpo, 14-5.