Baseball Ready for 2013 Horizon League Championship

Sophomore RHP Tomas Michelson leads the league in innings pitched at 96.1.
Sophomore RHP Tomas Michelson leads the league in innings pitched at 96.1.

May 22, 2013

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CHICAGO - The UIC baseball team will journey to Niles, Ohio for the start of the 2013 Horizon League Baseball Championship hosted by Youngstown State at Eastwood Field.  The second-seeded Flames will commence tournament action on Thursday against No. 3 seed Valparaiso at 11 a.m. ET.  UIC tied-for-second in the regular season with the Crusaders, but own the tie-breaker by winning five of their six meetings.  The second-place finish marks the 12th occurrence in the past 14 seasons that UIC has concluded the conference slate within the league's top two.

"Valparaiso is a club that we certainly respect," said head coach Mike Dee.  "I think our guys are playing as well as they have played all season and we have a lot of confidence going into the tournament.  We're going to take these games one pitch at a time and if we play the way we are capable of then I like our chances."

Last season, the Flames advanced to the title game with the No. 4 seed, but eventually fell to No. 1 seed Valpo, 14-5.  This year marks just the third time that UIC has donned the No. 2 seed and owns a 6-6 record in tourney play with the second seed.  Overall, the Flames carry a 36-28 tournament record and a 59-45 mark against the Crusaders all-time.

UIC has a storied history in Horizon League Tournament as they have earned nine championship or runner-up trophies all-time, which is the highest total throughout the league's 32-year tournament life.  Eight of those trophies have come since 2000, including four first-place finishes. 

Sophomore pitcher and first-team All-Leaguer Tomas Michelson will take the mound for UIC on Thursday as Valpo is scheduled to throw right-hander Cole Webb.  All games of the Horizon Baseball Tournament will be streamed live for free on with play beginning on Wednesday.