UIC Softball Defeats Kent State; Drops to Quinnipiac

Sophomore Erica Hampton
Sophomore Erica Hampton

March 1, 2013

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UIC softball team (1-11) captured its first win of the season, 2-1 over Kent State during the opening game of the USF Under Armour Invitational. Despite jumping out to an early lead in both games Friday, the Flames fell short (7-3) to Quinnipiac in the second contest.

"It was a good to get the win over Kent State," head coach Michelle Venturella said. "Devin [Miller] and Erica [Hampton] did a great job and the defense got us out of a few jams. It was nice to see Melissa [Preish] come up big with a homerun, but we would have liked to see more run production throughout the day. We need to play no matter who the opponent is. Tomorrow will be another good test for us."

Seniors Kara Komp and Melissa Preish paced UIC to begin the three-day event. Komp collected four hits and accounted for one run, while Preish had three hits, two RBI and scored three runs.

In addition to Komp's and Preish's hits, freshman Laura Swan, junior Jenna Marsalli and sophomore Erica Hampton also chipped in a hit a piece for a team total of seven.

Senior Devin Miller started and pitched all seven innings against Kent State, where she allowed only one run on five hits and blanked seven batters. Miller held Kent State's Kim Kirkpatrick, who entered the game with a .350 batting average to a mere one hit in four at-bats.

The Flames collected both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning and with no runs scored in the second, third or fourth innings, the Flash put one run on the board in the top of the fifth inning, but Miller and the rest of the UIC team was able to secure the 2-1 victory.

Komp, Preish and Swan all collected two hits against Quinnipiac, while senior Coryn Schmit and Marsalli accounted for the final two.

Freshman Bridget Boyle was the starting pitcher for UIC and threw 2.1 innings, before Miller relieved her for the final 4.1 innings of the game. In just over four innings of play Miller struck out six batters.

The second game began much like the first with UIC scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Bobcat answered with three runs in the second frame and two in the third to jump out to a 5-2 advantage.

The Flames added one run in the bottom of the third, but as Quinnipiac collected two more in the fourth inning it placed the score at 7-3, which the Bobcat finalized.

UIC continues competition at the USF Under Armour Invitational Saturday as Flames face Central Connecticut State at 11:15 a.m., followed by USF at 4:00 p.m.