UIC Baseball Signs Six Newcomers to 2012-13 Roster
July 23, 2012
CHICAGO - UIC baseball head coach Mike Dee announced the signing of six newcomers to the 2012-13 Flames roster on Thursday. The signees include Jack Andersen (RHP), Ian Lewandowski (RHP), Alex Posey (RHP), Tyler Anderson (LHP), Colton Elbrecht (C) and Tommy Field (OF).
"First off I want to compliment assistant coach John Flood," said Dee. "He's done a magnificent job over the last 18 months, bringing in what I think will be a real impactful class. We have significantly added competitive depth on the mound and brought in two position players that will play a key role for us in the future."
(Jack) Andersen comes to UIC from Fremd high school where he compiled a 9-2 record during his senior season with the Vikings. The 6-foot 4-inch righty owned a 1.90 earned run average and totaled 71 strikeouts in just 70 innings pitched in 2012 and carried a .305 batting average. Andersen piloted Fremd to its fourth-straight Mid-Suburban League title this past May.
"We're really excited about Andersen and what he can bring to the program," said Dee. "The big thing for us is that he likes to compete."
Lewandowski, a graduate of Naperville Central high school, was named the Naperville Sun Player of the Year and also received All-State Special Mention recognition from the Chicago Tribune. During his senior season with the Redhawks, Lewandowski posed a 1.45 ERA with an 8-2 record and fanned 81 batters in 77 innings. The Dupage County All-Area honoree also hit .339 at the plate and notched an .858 on-base percentage.
"Ian is a tremendous leader and loves to compete," said Dee. "He made a big jump this past spring in his velocity and has great command."
Posey, a native of Cary, Ill., comes to UIC after playing one season with Rend Lake Community College. As a member of the Warriors, the 6-7 hurler racked up a 4-2 record with an ERA of 2.42 in 22.1 innings pitched. He allowed a mere 19 hits over his 20 appearances and posted two saves.
"Posey has an incredible amount of potential," said Dee. "I can see him in a significant role for us coming out the bullpen, which was an area that was a problem last season."
Anderson rounds out the quartet of new pitchers after a stellar senior season at Hamilton Heights in Cicero, Ind. The 6-5 southpaw racked up an ERA of 0.85 with a win-loss record of 9-3, earning the recognition of All-State honorable mention. He struck out 107 batters in 82 innings and also posted a batting average of .357, while leading the Huskies in hits (35), homeruns (6) and RBIs (39). Anderson is rated as one of the top pitchers in Indiana, as he was a chosen to compete in the state's North vs. South All-Star game, which was selected by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
"Anderson is a real hard working guy," said Dee. "With his work ethic he has a chance to be a 90-plus pitcher someday."
Elbrecht, a high school teammate of Anderson, brings an abundance of talent from the catcher position to the Flames program. In 30 games played, he allowed only a mere three passed balls and ranked second on the team in doubles. With Elbrecht and Anderson's guidance, the Huskies won the 2012 Yorktown Sectional by a final of 3-0 over Muncie Central.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Elbrecht comes in and competes for a starting role right away," said Dee. "He comes from a hardworking family and spent his summers pouring concrete and I like that."
Field helped guide his Bishop Gorman Gaels to a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today and its seventh straight class 4A Nevada state title this past spring. The two-sport athlete tallied a .500 batting average during his senior campaign along with a slugging percentage of .864. Field's head coach, Nick Day, was named the 2012 USA Today National Coach of the Year and his brother, Johnny Field, helped the Arizona Wildcats capture the 2012 College World Series title.
"Anyone that wrestles is a pretty tough kid and that's Tommy (Field)," said Dee. "He has a chance to come in a play right away for us."
The Flames graduated one senior from their 2011-12 squad and were one game away from the NCAA tournament. UIC advanced to the Horizon League Championship contest, its fifth appearance in the last eight years, in which they lost to No. 1 seed Valparaiso.