Down 7-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Wright State baseball team exploded for nine runs over its final two at bats to beat UIC 13-7 and take the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.
WSU opened the scoring with three in the first on RBI singles from Tristan Moore, Ryan Ashe and Justin Kopale, only to see UIC answer with four in the top of the second.
It stayed that way until the Raiders tied with a run in the fourth on a Jake Hibberd hit, but again the Flames had a quick answer as a three-run home run off the bat of Alex Grunenwald made it 7-4 in the top of the fifth.
Wright State would go in front for good in the seventh, but the inning didn't look promising as after Moore walked and Ashe singled, a double play resulted in a runner at third with two outs.
Kopale, though, singled in Moore and three straight walks to Kyle Mossbarger, Kody Krizman and Michael Timm forced in another run to cut the deficit to 7-6. Hibberd then put the Raiders up for good as he smacked a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left center for a grand slam, his first home run of the season, to make it 10-7.
WSU then added three insurance runs in the eighth as pinch-hitter Andrew Elliott had a two-run double and Timm singled in the final run.
Michael Schum (1-0) picked up the win in relief as he blanked the Flames over the final 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one. Offensively, Ashe had four hits and two runs scored and Hibberd added three hits, five RBI and two runs scored. Corey Davis, Kopale and Mossbarger each had two hits.
Wright State (8-9, 2-1 Horizon) is scheduled to head to Butler next weekend for a three-game Horizon League series, but the Raiders may add a midweek contest to the schedule. Check with wsuraiders.com for the latest updates.