CHICAGO, Ill. – Two sixth inning runs proved to be enough for UIC on Saturday afternoon (Mar. 30) as the Flames took down the Leathernecks 2-0 in game two of the three-game set.
Tom Constand (1-1) had a career day for the Leathernecks in the loss. The lefty threw a career high seven innings with a career best eight strikeouts. The eight strikeouts by Constand are the most by any Western pitcher this season.
UIC starter Ian Lewandowski (2-1) threw 8.2 innings for the Flames and picked up the victory. The righty gave up eight hits but did not allow a run in his first career start.
Neither team scored a run through the first five innings of the pitching duel. The Flames scored both of their runs in the sixth inning. Ryan Shober led off the inning with a solo home run to put UIC up 1-0. Jake McNamara then reached on a dropped third strike and scored the second UIC run on an Alex Grunenwald RBI double.
The Leathernecks recorded eight hits in the game, led by Dan Dispensa and Zack Burling who each had three hits apiece. Dispensa hit his 11th career triple to lead off the fourth inning for Western. He is now in a tie for 5th place for most career triples in Western Illinois baseball history.
Western falls to 6-16 on the year after the loss, while the Flames improve to 13-11.
The two teams will finish the weekend series tomorrow afternoon (Mar. 31) with a single game beginning at 12:05 p.m. Riley Perry will get the start for the Leathernecks in the series finale.