March 24, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame’s first three batters of the game opened with hits to plate two runs, but UIC starter Tim Suminski settled down and blanked the Irish over the next 6.0 innings to lead the Flames to a 10-5 victory Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium.
Suminski tossed 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. The southpaw struck out three and walked only one. Suminski, who improved to 1-0, consistently kept Notre Dame off-balance with a solid change up.
UIC and Suminski benefitted from a trio of critical Notre Dame errors that helped the Flames register six unearned runs. In fact, all four runs in the UIC four-run fourth inning were unearned.
Freshman right-hander Patrick Veerkamp (0-2) was charged with the loss. He was charged with five runs, only three earned, in 2.1 innings of work. Veerkamp walked two and struck out one. Sophomore Dustin Ispas made his first appearance for the Irish this season following offseason surgery. He allowed just one hit in 1.1 innings, but walked three and committed an error that played a role in four unearned runs.
Junior lefty Joe Spizzirri, sophomore sidewinder Will Hudgins, freshman right Adam Norton and sophomore southpaw Joe Spano combined to surrender just one run on five hits over the final 5.1 innings of the contest. Spizzirri tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, while Hudgins and Spano each worked 1.0 scoreless frame. Norton struck out a pair in 2.0 innings. He did allowed an earned run on three hits.
Senior leftfielder David Mills went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a two-run home run, his first of the year. Senior centerfielder Ryne Intlekofer went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Senior designated hitter Ryan Connolly went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior shortstop Mick Doyle added two hits, including his first home run of the season, while freshman second baseman Frank Desico went 2-for-3.
John Rosinski went 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run singles and Matt Serna went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI to pace the Flames at the plate.
Notre Dame drops to 8-12 on the season, while UIC improves to 3-13. Notre Dame opens BIG EAST action this weekend with a three-game series at USF. First pitch of Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Red McEwen Field. Junior right-handed hurler Brian Dupra will get the start for the Irish.
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