Baseball falls in doubleheader

Ian Lewandowski

Ian Lewandowski makes a play. The Flames host Oakland this week at Granderson Stadium.  Photo: Steve Woltmann

Cheer on the baseball team as they host Oakland this week at Granderson Stadium.

Games are set for 3:05 p.m. Friday, 1:05 p.m. Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sunday. Students are free with i-card.

The Flames (6-9) dropped both games of a doubleheader at Chicago State Saturday.

Ricardo Ramirez went 2-2 with a double and two RBI but it wasn’t enough as Chicago State defeated the Flames 6-3 in the opener.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth, the Cougars plated two runs to take a 4-2 lead. The Flames had a run in the sixth to get within one, but Chicago State added two more in the eighth to seal the victory.

Jake Dahlberg (1-3) took the loss, allowing four runs in seven innings played with five strikeouts.

Errors were the demise of the Flames in the nightcap as three UIC pitchers tossed a combined one-hitter in a 3-1 loss.

Joe Rossi drove in the Flames’ lone run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Starter Connor Ryan struck out four and breezed through five innings. Ryan allowed a lead-off single in the second inning before pitching out of a bases-loaded jam with an inning-ending double play. Ryan retired nine of the next 10 batters including eight straight before departing with a 1-0 lead.

In the seventh inning, walks and defensive miscues hurt the Flames as Chicago State scored three runs without collecting a hit. With two outs and a runner on third base, a routine grounder was booted by Alex Dee at third, which led to CSU’s first run. Reliever Trevor Lane (2-2) released a wild pitch that produced the second run, and a passed ball on the next pitch allowed the third and final run to cross the plate.

The series finale slated for Sunday at Granderson Stadium was postponed because of rain.

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