UIC Flames shutout Chicago State Cougars

By Nader Ihmoud

The University of Illinois-Chicago Flames baseball team dominated the Chicago State University Cougars limiting them to two hits during a 6-0 shutout victory on April 16 at Les Miller Field.

Sophomore pitcher Brian Evak is credited with the win. Evak held the Cougars hitless over three innings on the mound. The Flames used seven different pitchers to keep the Cougars at bay.

“Defense is a key to UIC,” junior catcher Jacob McNamara said. “We have to get our hitting on track. Our pitching is solid, always. If we keep rolling, if we get our bats together, we’ll be a solid team.”

The Flames started off on the right foot. The team scored two in the first inning as

senior left-fielder Alex De LaRosa hit a 2-run single to center field with the bases loaded.

The Flames didn’t score again until the fifth inning when senior first baseman Alex Grunenwald sent his sixth homerun of the season over the right field wall to extend UIC’s lead to 3-0.