Feb. 23, 2014
Mount St. Mary's 5, UIC 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The UIC softball team (2-11) fell in its final game at the JU Wingate by Wyndham Tournament to Mount St. Mary’s, 5-2, at the JU Softball Complex on Sunday. The Flames began their second game of the day against Southern Illinois and were ahead 1-0, but the game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to inclement weather.
UIC was able to tie the game against Mount St. Mary’s at 2-2, but the Mount came out swinging in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2 and ultimately take the game.
Mount St. Mary’s collected the early lead in the first inning after Rachel Gavigan hit a home run to left field. A single, a double and a hit by pitch in the second inning set up bases loaded with no outs, but the Flames got out of the inning following a strike out and two fielder’s choice plays.
Senior Jacki Fletcher recorded UIC’s first hit of the game in the fourth inning with a single to right field, followed by a walk for senior Jenna Marsalli. Junior Paige Peterson then singled through the left field to load the bases with two outs, but the runners would be left on after a ground out.
The Mount added another run in the bottom of the fifth after two singles, a fielder’s choice and an error brought in a runner to score.
Senior Natalie Hernandez led off the sixth with a single to center followed by a stolen base. Fletcher then stepped to the plate and hit a double to left, marking her seventh multi-hit game of the season, to score Hernandez. Peterson then singled for the second time in the game down the right field line, allowing Fletcher to score the tying run.
After a single and a walk for Mount St. Mary’s in the sixth, a single to left center scored a run and then a double to center allowed both runners to score and serve as the final runs of the game.
Sophomore Bridget Boyle started for the Flames for the second time this weekend and went 5.2 innings on the mound, striking out two batters before freshman Elaine Heflin came in as relief in the middle of the sixth to strike out one and end the game.
Next up for the Flames is a trip out west to San Diego, Calif., where they will compete in the San Diego Classic at the SDSU Softball Stadium and the USD Softball Complex from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 2.