Wright State rolls over UIC
The Wright State baseball team rolled into the finals with a 10-1 win over UIC Friday afternoon at WSU's Nischwitz Stadium. UIC defeated Milwaukee 10-2 in an elimination game later Friday afternoon. The Raiders will square off with the Flames for the championship at 11 am eastern Saturday. If the Flames win that game, the teams will play a "winner take all" game at 3 pm. Please note the new start times due to weather.
Starting pitcher Caleb Sampen, 5-0 now, was most of the story against the Flames Friday as he held them hitless through 6 2/3, holding them to just the one hit while striking out five on 82 pitches. Bear Bellomy came on to finish the game, allowing two hits and one run with two strikeouts.
The Raider offense, which has scored in double figures in the last five games, got all the runs needs in two innings with four in the fourth and six in the sixth. Zach Weatherford led the bats with two hits and three RBI as Alex Alders and JD Orr each picked up two RBI on a hit each. Peyton Burdick, Chase Slone and Bentley Jones each posted an RBI each as well. Seth Gray added a hit to round out the totals.
Wright State is now 38-15 overall. This will be the fourth meeting of the teams for the Horizon League Championship with UIC winning two of the first three times. WSU won in 2006 while the Flames won in 2009 and 2017. UIC won last year's battler 4-2 in Chicago. This year, the Raiders have won five of seven meetings. Saturday's game(s) can be seen on ESPN+.
The Raiders will be chasing their sixth Horizon League Tournament title overall (1995, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2016). The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tournament selections will be announced Monday at Noon on ESPNU.
Bottom of Fourth
SLONE hit by pitch, RBI (0-0); GRAY advanced to second; HARRIS advanced to third; BURDICK scored.
JONES walked, RBI (3-1 BKBBB); SLONE advanced to second; GRAY advanced to third; HARRIS scored.
WEATHERFORD singled up the middle, 2 RBI (0-0); JONES advanced to third; SLONE scored; GRAY scored.
Bottom of Sixth
WEATHERFORD singled to pitcher, bunt, RBI (0-1 S); SLONE advanced to second; GRAY scored, unearned.
ORR singled through the left side, 2 RBI (1-2 KBK); MORROW advanced to second; WEATHERFORD scored; SLONE scored.
BURDICK singled through the left side, RBI (0-1 K); ORR advanced to third; MORROW scored.
ALDERS singled through the left side, 2 RBI (0-2 FF); SNYDER advanced to second; BURDICK scored; ORR scored.
Top of Ninth
THARP fouled out to 1b, SF, RBI (0-0); HEBERT advanced to third; FIGUEROA scored.