Softball Defeats Indiana To Close Out Day One Of Desert Classic
Feb. 19, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Coryn Schmit's second at-bat of the season drove in the go-ahead run in the UIC softball team's 6-3 victory over Indiana on the opening day of the Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
The Flames (4-3) fell to 12th-ranked California in the earlier contest of the day by an 8-1 margin. UIC faces BYU and Long Beach State on Saturday, beginning with the Cougars at 1:15 p.m. CST.
UIC 6, Indiana 3
The Flames would get on the board after a three-hit second, beginning with a left center double from freshman Melissa Preish, who then be driven home by Melinda Macias, who would go 3-for-4 in the afternoon contest. Stephanie Chavez would hit a sac fly to deep left field that brought Christie Seddon in to put UIC up, 2-1. Indiana would answer back in the third with a pair of runs, including a solo home run by pitcher Sara Olsen to go ahead by one, 3-2.
Shannon Kehr would sail one of her own over the left center field wall with one out in the third for her first homer of the season to tie the game up at three.
UIC held the Hoosiers hitless for the final four innings, allowing only a pair of baserunners to reach in the last half of the contest.
The sixth inning opened with a hard hit single from pinch hitter Claire Donyanavard. With one out and a runner on second, pinch hitter Coryn Schmit drove a RBI single past the infielders out to right field to give the Flames the go-ahead run, 4-3. Two more runs would score as the senior duo of Chavez and Brooke Frydendall put nearly identical singles into the left field gap to go up 6-3.
A 1-2-3 seventh, highlighted by a double play from a lineout to thirdbasemen Kelsey Sturgeon would close out the contest without a threat from the Hooisers.
"I'm pleased with the total team effort and how we kept the pressure on throughout the entirety of the game today," said head coach Michelle Venturella. "Ashley [Hewett] had a great game, and the infield did their part to keep us in contention." Ashley Hewett gave up five hits and struck out five in her second win on the season (2-1).
No. 12 California 8, UIC 1
Cal opened the game in the bottom of the first with three hits, putting a run up with a two-out RBI single by catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt. The Golden Bears had the bases loaded, but a pair of infield ground-outs prevented any more damage in the opening frame.
The Flames kept Cal quiet until the fourth when a pair of home runs extended the Golden Bears lead to five.
UIC got on the board in the top of the fifth, when a two out single by pinch hitter Shannon Kehr got things going for the Flames. Melinda Macias would follow suit with a single out to right, and an error by the thirdbasemen loaded the bases for Stephanie Chavez. The senior catcher would place a ball in the six-five gap to drive in Carly DeMarco for UIC's lone run of the contest.
California would put up a trio of runs with two outs in the fifth to stretch out their lead to seven. The Golden Bears showed their prowess on the basepath all game, amassing 10 stolen bases in the morning matchup.