UIC Opens Season Against Nebraska, New Mexico State
Feb. 8, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Senior Coryn Schmit collected a homerun in the season opener for the Flames at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. UIC was outlasted 14-5 by Nebraska at the New Mexico State University Softball Complex.
Schmit led the team in hits with two, including a homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. Schmit was the homerun leader during the 2012 season with nine.
Freshman Laura Swan made a noteworthy start to her career with the Flames as she doubled up the middle in the bottom of the first inning to score senior Melissa Preish and Schmit, who occupied third and first base, respectively.
Nebraska quickly regained an even playing field as the Huskers scored a pair of their own runs from a two-run homer in the top of the second inning.
With the score at 2-2, UIC then answered again as junior Natalie Hernandez and senior Kara Komp were in scoring position for Preish who singled through the right side to score Hernandez, while Komp reached third base on the play, but advanced home due to a throwing error by the first baseman.
Nebraska once again answered UIC’s call with two runs to place the score at 4-4 entering the bottom of the third inning where the Flames remained scoreless.
In the top of the fourth inning the Huskers added three more runs for a 7-4 advantage, before Schmit hit her solo homerun to serve as the final run for UIC in the bottom of the fifth.
Then, with the score at 8-4 Nebraska went on a hitting spree to score seven runs and eventually retired the game in six innings at 14-5.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Senior Melissa Preish went the distance with a solo homerun in the top of the fourth inning, while lead-off hitter Natalie Hernandez collected two hits in the 8-1 loss to New Mexico State Friday at the New Mexico State Softball Complex.
“It was good to get the season started against great competition,” head coach Michelle Venturella said. “I was very pleased with our offense today even though it didn’t show up in the stats. We had several hard-hit balls that just didn’t fall. We needed to be sharper on the mound, but I was pleased with how Devin [Miller] responded in our second game.”
UIC was the visiting team in the contest and following a seven-run deficit to start the game, the Flames held the Aggies to only one more run in the remaining five at-bats.
Senior Devin Miller pitched six innings in the game, where she allowed only one run and had no walks, while blanking five batters.
Preish earned one of the Flames’ three runs in the game with a solo homerun in the top of the fourth inning. In seven at-bats, she holds a .429 average.
The Flames continue competition at the Hotel Encanto Invitational Saturday at 1:30 (CT) against Nebraska, followed by New Mexico State at 4:00 p.m.