March 8, 2013
CHICAGO -- Illinois-Chicago scored seven times with two outs in an inning and Purdue baseball's struggles with runners in scoring position continued, as the Flames took game one of the three-game weekend series, 9-2, Friday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (3-9) dropped their seventh straight contest and saw their five-game win streak against UIC snapped that dated back to 2009.
Stephen Talbott connected for a two-run homer in the sixth inning to make it a 5-2 score, but the Flames (4-6) scored four times with two outs in the bottom of the frame to blow the game open. It was Talbott's first long ball of the season and sixth career.
Purdue was just 3-for-16 with runners on base, including 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Boilers left runners on the corners in the first and fifth inning. During the seven-game losing streak, Purdue is now batting .167 (9-for-54) with runners in scoring position.
Illinois-Chicago starter Tomas Michelson (3-1) earned his third win of the season with seven innings of two-run ball. He got the key outs when he needed them to keep the Boilers off the board when they had their chances in the first and fifth innings. A two-out error kept the inning alive for Talbott in the sixth, making both runs on the long ball unearned. The Purdue senior connected for the first homer against the right-hander this year. Michelson struck out six and did not issue a walk.
The Flames took an early 2-0 lead with a single run in the second and third innings, scoring on a bases-loaded walk to the No. 9 hitter and two-out bloop single. With a run already across in the fourth, Alex De LaRosa connected for a two-out, two-run double to right field to extend the lead to 5-0.
Purdue starter Brad Schreiber (0-2) did not retake the mound after getting the final out of the fourth, working only four innings for the second start in a row. He walked four and struck out four while giving up five runs on six hits. Two of the walks led to runs along with the bases-loaded walk forcing in a run after a hit batter and base on balls helped set the stage.
Schreiber induced and started an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play ball on a comebacker to limit the damage in the bottom of the second. It was the team's Big Ten-leading 14th twin killing turned this year.
Mike Gaglianese worked the Boilers' only 1-2-3 inning of the game when he retired UIC's 5-6-7 in order in the fifth. But five straight batters reached with two outs in the sixth, including three consecutive run-scoring singles.
Game two of the series Saturday has been moved up half an hour to a 1:30 p.m. ET first pitch.