Andersen shines in baseball team’s series sweep
UIC overcame the Panthers (16-21, 8-10 Horizon League) for its third Horizon League series sweep of the season. UIC beat Milwaukee in the opener Friday, 5-3, and the Flames’ offense exploded in Saturday’s 15-7 win.
The Flames have won eight straight games, putting them in second place in conference standings.
UIC concludes a four-game homestand tonight, hosting Northwestern at 6:05 p.m. at Curtis Granderson Stadium.
Andersen (2-3) got the start for the Flames Sunday and shut down the Panthers by allowing just one run on eight hits over seven innings. Seven of Milwaukee’s hits off Andersen were singles. He walked two and struck out one batter.
Andersen stranded two runners in the second inning and left the bases loaded in the sixth. He produced three double plays, including two to escape from the first and fourth innings.
Mitchell Schulewitz relieved Andersen and allowed two runs (one earned) over 1 2/3 innings of work out of the bullpen. With a runner on first and two outs in the ninth inning, Alex Posey induced a groundout to pick up his third save of the season.
Alex Jurich had two hits and drove in two more runs to increase his team-leading RBI total to 44. Zenon Kolakowski collected two RBIs as he drove in a pair for the second straight contest. Tyler Detmer, Mickey McDonald and Alex Lee recorded two hits and Detmer drove in his 34th run of the season.
UIC had two singles over the first three innings and finally broke through with a run in the fourth. Lee singled with one out and advanced to second on an error in center field. Jeff Boehm lined out but Jurich plated Lee with a two-out single.
The Flames opened the game in the sixth inning with four runs on six singles. McDonald led off with a single and advanced to third on Lee’s single through the right side. Jurich drove in McDonald with a single through the left side before Detmer plated Lee with a single to left field. Conor Philbin’s infield single loaded the bases and Kolakowski plated two with a single up the middle.