`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Tyler Detmer
June 13, 2013
CHICAGO – For most freshmen student-athletes at the collegiate level, playing time comes in small doses. Newcomers must learn to balance a full load of classes, a rigorous training schedule and life outside of their childhood home. By their sophomore season, the goal is to have successfully implemented all three factors and begin to see an increase in production on the field. In the case of baseball’s Tyler Detmer, the word increase is extremely modest and thus makes him a prime candidate for UIC’s 2013 summer series ‘Forty Flames to Follow.’
During his freshman campaign, Detmer appeared in just nine games and started six with a mere 20 plate appearances. This past season, the Breese, Ill., native played in all 55 of UIC’s contests, standing as the only Flame to do so. For most of the year, Demter topped all UIC hitters with a batting average above the .300 level, but finished 2013 just under that mark at a respectable .295. The sophomore led the Horizon League in doubles with 16 and ranked ninth in hits with 59.
Detmer helped the Flames secure a two-way tie for second place in the Horizon League regular season, the team’s 12th top-2 finish in the past 14 years. For his efforts, Demter was voted to the All-League second-team as an outfielder. His most impressive stretch happened during a five-game homestand in second week of March where Detmer tallied a .467 batting average. CollegeSportsMadeness.com recognized him as the Horizon League Batter of the Week during that span.
Detmer has also embraced the notion of student-athlete as he carries a 3.33 cumulative GPA as a Kinesiology major after concluding his fourth semester at UIC.
During the summer, Demter will be competing for the Butler Blue Sox, a member of the Prospect League in Butler, Penn. The Blue Sox currently hold a 7-7 record as Detmer is one of just three players to record a double and a homer so far this season.