`Forty Flames to Follow' for 2013-14: Tomas Michelson

First-team All-Leaguer Tomas Michelson.
First-team All-Leaguer Tomas Michelson.

July 16, 2013

CHICAGO – continues its coverage of the ‘Forty Flames to Follow’ summer series with baseball player Tomas Michelson.  The 6-foot-4 right-hander had a breakout year this past season, earning first-team All-Horizon League distinction and becoming just the eighth pitcher in program history to log more than 100 innings.  He was named conference Pitcher of the Week on three separate occasions and stands as the league’s top returning hurler for the 2014 campaign.

“I think Tomas’ statistics speak for themselves,” said head baseball coach Mike Dee.  “I truly believe he is the best in the league and towards the end of the year he was pitching as well as he’s ever pitched.  Aside from one outing, he has given us a chance to win every game he has started.”

Michelson set the tone early with a dominating performance in the season opener at #24 Texas A&M, marking just his third career start.  The Flames upset the Aggies by a final of 2-0 as Michelson tossed 7.1 frames with five strikeouts, while giving up a mere four hits.  Not only did he earn Horizon League Pitcher of the Week laurels, but was also selected as College Baseball 360’s National Primetime Pitcher of the Week.

Michelson notched two complete games during the 2013 season, including one shutout contest against two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso on May 10.  In that outing, the Naperville, Ill., native allowed five hits over nine innings and fanned five Crusader batters as UIC claimed the 3-0 victory.  In his other complete game versus Wright State on April 12, Michelson tallied a career-high eight strikeouts without giving up an earned run.  Michelson would later match those 8Ks at Milwaukee on April 26. 

The Flames’ ace totaled 102.1 innings to front the conference and sits tied-for-sixth on UIC’s single-season leaderboard.  Michelson also finished the season ranked top-3 in ERA, strikeouts and wins amongst Horizon League pitchers.