UIC's Jeff Boehm Earns 2014 MCL All-Star Game MVP
July 10, 2014
WHITING, Ind.- UIC first-baseman Jeff Boehm, who will be a senior for the 2015 season, was named Most Valuable Player of the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star Game on Wednesday (July 9). Boehm cracked a two-run homer in the first inning to help the South squad jump out to a 3-0 lead. Boehm's drive over the left-field wall helped the South defeat the North by a final score of 10-3.
"I was thinking with a guy on first, he was going to try to get me to roll over on something off speed," Boehm told the Southland Vikings' website. "I stayed through it, recognized it and drove it over the wall. It was really exciting, especially with it being my first at bat."
Boehm is having a successful season with the Southland Vikings, based out of Flossmoor, Ill., this summer. He owns a .398 batting average with one home run, 15 RBI and 12 runs scored. Boehm has 35 hits, seven of which are doubles, across 22 games this season.
"It feels good to come out here and play a game," Boehm told the Southland Vikings' website. "We're all ballplayers, so it's fun to play a game. We're trying to win. Every guy comes out here trying to win; we're not trying to lollygag and play mediocre. We're coming out here to play ball and give it our best."
Boehm served as UIC's clean-up hitter for the majority of the Flames' 2014 season. He was tied for the lead in the Horizon League with seven home runs. Additionally, Boehm ranked second in the conference in slugging percentage (.543), third in doubles (16) and finished 14th in the country in doubles per game (0.39).