UIC scored eight runs over the first four innings on its way to a 12-0 win over the Youngstown State baseball team on Friday evening at Curtis Granderson Stadium.
In addition to their 12 runs, the Flames were dominant on the mound for the second straight night to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series. UIC held the Penguins to just two hits in a 6-2 win in on Thursday.
UIC starter Charlie Cerny fanned six batters through his first four innings and went on to post a career-high nine strikeouts while allowing just four hits over six scoreless innings on his way to the victory.
The Penguins are now locked in as the number-five seed in the Horizon League Tournament, which will take place next week May 23-26 at top-seeded Wright State. YSU will face the loser of tomorrow's game between Milwaukee and Oakland in the first round of the tournament.
Blaze Glenn paced the Penguins on offense Friday with a pair of doubles and six other Penguins had singles in the ballgame. YSU left eight runners on base for the evening.
In the bottom of the first inning, Matt Bottcher drew a one-out walk, Dominic Smith singled and Scott Ota followed with a two-run triple to right center. Bowen Ogata then hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Ota to give UIC an early 3-0 lead.
The Flames plated three more runs on three hits in the bottom of the third. Ota drove home a run with sacrifice fly, Aaron Ackerman hit an RBI single and a third run scored due to a fielding error as the UIC advantaged swelled to 6-0.
YSU threatened in the top of the fifth with three straight one-out singles by Andrew Kendrick, Nick Caruso and Nick LaBrasca. However, Kendrick was thrown out at the plate trying to score on LaBrasca's base knock and the Penguins were unable to push a run across.
Derrick Patrick's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth pushed the Flames' lead to eight and Scott Ota drove in his fourth run of the game on a groundout in the sixth to make it 9-0.
Glenn hit a leadoff double and Drew Dickerson singled to put runners at first and third with nobody out in the top of the seventh. However, UIC reliever Wyatt Trautwein got two straight strikeouts and Dickerson was caught stealing on the second to end the threat.
The Flames added three runs off YSU reliever Chad Coles in the bottom of the seventh to produce the final score. Penguins' starter Kip DeShields suffered the loss after surrendering eight runs on seven hits over three innings.
UIC had nine different players record a hit as Patrick led the way with three. Ota registered a game-high four RBIs in the contest.
The Penguins and Flames will each play their regular season finale tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Eastern.