UIC Falls In Extra Innings To Huskers

Junior Natalie Hernandez
Junior Natalie Hernandez

Feb. 10, 2013

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – In each outing against Nebraska during the Hotel Encanto Invitational UIC jumped out to an early lead with Flames leading 1-0 to begin the contest Sunday. However, the Huskers were able to defeat the Flames 3-2 during the international tie-breaker rule in eight innings.

"I am really proud of how our team performed today," head coach Michelle Venturella said. "We had all parts of our game working well today. Our offense set the tone in the first inning and our pitching and defense were solid. Even though the results weren't what we wanted, we definitely got better from playing this level of competition."

Senior Devin Miller started inside the circle for the Flames and recorded 96 pitches. Of the 27 batters she faced, she struck out three, allowed seven hits and only two walks.

Lead-off hitter Natalie Hernandez had two hits and one RBI on the day.

In the top of the first inning lead-off batter Natalie Hernandez doubled to centerfield, before Kara Komp scored Hernandez off of a slap bunt for a 1-0 lead.

Nebraska answered in the bottom half of the frame to score one run to even the score at 1-1.

In the second inning Jenna Marsalli reached on a base hit, before Erica Hampton walked. Then Courtney Heeley advanced the runners to second and third base, before Hernandez singled to left field to score Marsalli give the Flames a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning Schmit was hit by a pitch and senior Cyndi Becker entered to pinch run for her, before Laura Swan singled to left field to advance Becker to second base. With runners on first and second Jacki Fletcher was put out at first on a fielder’s choice as she moved the runners to second and third base. Marsalli hit a hard ball at the short stop and was put out to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the frame Nebraska’s Kylie Muir homered over the left-field wall to tie the game at 2-2.

The tie score would lead to an eighth inning using the international tie-breaker rule. Komp was placed at second and Preish stepped up to the plate where she failed to lay down consecutive bunts. With the count at 0-2 she then singled up the middle to move Komp to third base. Schmit entered the batter’s box with runners on first and third and hit a shallow ball to right field to score Komp and move Preish to second base. Fletcher had a single, but with a double play Preish and Becker were called out to finish the inning 3-2.

In the bottom half of the frame Nebraska was able to pull away for a 4-3 victory.

The Flames return to action Friday at Arizona State in a three-day tournament in Tempe, Ariz.