UIC Baseball Set for 2014 Horizon League Championship
May 21, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC baseball team will begin postseason play on Thursday afternoon in the 2014 Horizon League Baseball Championship. The double-elimination tournament is hosted by Milwaukee and will take place in Mequon, Wis. at Kapco Park. The Flames hold the No. 2 seed and received a first-round bye, while regular season champion Wright State garnered the top spot.
First pitch for UIC’s opening tourney contest is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT, as the Flames will face the best-remaining seed from Wednesday’s doubleheader. The championship kicks off with No. 4 Milwaukee against No. 5 Oakland and then No. 3 Valparaiso versus No. 6 Youngstown State.
The Flames have a storied history at the Horizon League Baseball Championship as they have earned a combined nine first-place or runner-up titles all-time, which serves as the highest mark among the event’s 33-year lifespan. Eight of those trophies have come since Head Coach Mike Dee took over in 1999, including four tournament titles. UIC owns a 37-30 all-time record in the conference tournament with a 7-8 mark as the No. 2 seed. This year marks the fourth time UIC has donned the No. 2 seed and the second consecutive season.
UIC has proven to be one of the top offensive teams in the country this season, touting a combined batting average of .309, which ranks 10th in the nation. The Flames’ on-base percentage of .398 ranks ninth in the NCAA and their 6.8 runs per game sits 14th overall.
This past Tuesday, a conference-high 11 UIC players received All-Horizon League accolades, including five members on the first team, another league-best total. Those first-team selections include Alex Jurich (C), Jacob McNamara (DH), John Coen (UTL), Jeff Boehm (1B) and Tyler Detmer (OF). The trio of Conor Philbin (OF), Alex Lee (2B) and Mickey McDonald (3B) earned a spot on the second team, while McDonald, Brett Krause, Mitchell Schulewitz and Cody Bohanek picked up All-Freshman laurels.
UIC finished the regular season with an overall record of 24-25 and carried a conference mark of 17-13, after having dropped its first four league outings.