The Wright State baseball team split a Horizon League doubleheader at UIC Saturday, winning the first game 2-0 before falling 3-2 in the nightcap.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the early innings of the opener, but both would come away empty. WSU had runners on first and third with one out in the third while UIC had runners on second and third in the fourth, only to hit into a fly ball double play. The Flames also had two runners in scoring position with one out in the fifth, but a strikeout and a flyout ended that threat and right fielder Tristan Moore ended another as he threw a runner out at the plate in the sixth.
The Raiders finally broke through with two runs in the seventh. Zach Tanner led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a passed ball. After Kyle Mossbarger drew a walk, Sam Picchiotti singled up the middle to drive in Tanner with the first run.
Another passed ball moved Mossbarger and Picchiotti into scoring position and following an intentional walk to Jake Hibberd to load the bases, Corey Davis delivered a hit up the middle to plate Mossbarger.
That would be all Jordan Marker (6-1) would need as the senior lefty reliever, who was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on Monday and later the Central Region Pitcher of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, picked up his second win this week with 3.2 scoreless innings. He scattered three hits and a walk while striking out one.
Michael Schum earned his ninth save of the season by recording the final two outs of the game while starter Andrew Elliott went the first 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on five hits.
Ryan Ashe went a perfect four-for-four in leading the Raider attack while Garrett Gray, Justin Kopale and Picchiotti each had two hits.
The Flames jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second game with two runs in the first and one in the second and it stayed that way until WSU scored twice in the fourth. Moore started the inning with a walk and after Ashe singled, a Tanner bunt moved both runners up a base. A Gray hit through the left side resulted in the first run and Ashe scored on a Kopale sacrifice fly.
Wright State, however, could not produce the tying run despite threatening in the sixth, eighth and ninth.
After the tough start, Taylor Braun shut out the Flames for 5.1 innings before Jack Van Horn retired both batters he faced in the eighth. Ashe had two more hits to give him six on the day while Tanner and Picchiotti also had two.
Wright State (25-13, 13-4 Horizon) and UIC (15-21, 9-8 Horizon) conclude the three-game series with a single game Sunday starting at 1:00 Eastern.