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Flames' McKinley stymies Bucs in series finale

Staff Report • May 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

CHICAGO — Logan Rice tossed his first complete game, but East Tennessee State’s offense couldn’t provide sufficient run support and Illinois-Chicago avoided a sweep with a 3-2 win on Sunday in the final game of the non-conference baseball series.

The Buccaneers, who scored 13 runs and pounded out 27 hits in the first two games, were frustrated by UIC’s Mike McKinley on Sunday. McKinley (3-2) pitched a gem, allowing just two runs on four hits and no walks in his 8 1-3 innings.

Despite the lack of offense, the Bucs (27-20) had a chance to tie or win it in the ninth.

Andrew Lasure led off the final frame with a pinch-hit single, followed by a base hit from Derek Niesman. Chris Riopedre hit a sacrifice fly to pull the Bucs to within a run and Tyler Roach walked to put runners on first and second before reliever Joey Begel got Jeremy Taylor to strike out swinging to end the game.

Alex Grunenwald was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs and Alex Jurich doubled and tripled to lead the Flames (21-24).

ETSU center fielder Andrew Green extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the fourth. He scored on a throwing error for the Bucs’ first run.

Rice (5-2) gave up seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

The Bucs host UNC Asheville on Wednesday night at Thomas Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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