Head coach Rob Cooper picked up career win #250 Sunday afternoon as the Wright State baseball team won the rubber game of its weekend series at UIC 4-3.
The Raiders opened the scoring in the fourth as Zach Tanner led off with a hit to left, moved up to third on a Tristan Moore bunt and a Ryan Ashe ground out, and scored as Garrett Gray singled up the middle.
WSU then made it 3-0 with two more in the fifth. With one out, Kyle Mossbarger doubled down the right field line and, one out later, Jake Hibberd was intentionally walked. That brought Tanner to the plate and he delivered a double to left center to knock in both Mossbarger and Hibberd.
UIC scored twice in the seventh and had runners on first and third with two outs, but Jordan Marker ended the inning by inducing a fly out.
Wright State then tallied what turned out to be the decisive run in the eighth. Moore was hit by a pitch to start the frame and advanced to third on an Ashe bunt and a Gray fly ball to right. After Corey Davis was intentionally walked, Justin Kopale singled through the left side to drive in Moore.
The Flames had runners on the corners in the eighth, only to see Michael Schum keep the score at 4-2 with two strikeouts.
UIC did score a run in the ninth, but the game ended as the run scored. With runners on second and third and one out, Alex De Larosa grounded out to third as Alex Jurich scored and Cody Dykema, who was on second, was retired on a return throw from Hibberd at first base to Tanner at third.
It was Schum's 10th save of the season and tied him with Mark Squire (1997-99) for the most career saves at WSU with 34.
Cooper is now 250-192 in his eighth season at the helm of the Raiders, including a Horizon League mark of 126-66. WSU has won the league regular-season crown in each of the last two seasons and has won three league tournament titles during Cooper's tenure (2006, 2009, 2011), resulting in three appearances in the NCAA Regionals.
Cody Kopilchack (4-3) was the winning pitcher, pitching into the seventh as he allowed two runs on just two hits. He walked four while striking out five.
Wright State (26-13, 14-4 Horizon) begins a five-game homestand on Tuesday, April 24, with a 6:30 contest against crosstown rival Dayton.