UIC Softball Drops Two; Miller Records Career-High

Senior Kara Komp
Senior Kara Komp

March 9, 2013

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CARBONDALE, Ill. - Senior Devin Miller notched a 14-strikeout career-high game against Eastern Kentucky Saturday to open the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. UIC (3-14) dropped 2-0 in eight innings to the Colonels and 8-1 to Belmont.

Miller blanked at least one batter in each inning except the third, while recording all three outs in the fourth and sixth innings. Of her 14 strikeouts, 10 went down swinging. Miller bested her previous strikeout high of 11, which she reached three times, most recently in an 11-0 victory over Youngstown State on April 9, 2011.

The Flames and Colonels both posted five hits apiece with senior Kara Komp leading the way for UIC with two. Juniors Natalie Hernandez and Jenna Marsalli and senior Melissa Preish each had one hit.

With the score tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the teams moved in to the eighth inning using the international tie-break rule. Eastern Kentucky placed Nicole Heitz on second, before Katie Tackett hit a homerun to record two runs for the Colonels.

The two-run homer was enough to edge UIC and capture the 2-0 victory.

Belmont jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, before UIC answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Senior Coryn Schmit led off the inning with a single up the middle, before junior Jacki Fletcher reached first on an error by the leftfielder. Schmit then advanced to home to score and place the score at 2-1.

The Bruins answered in the bottom half of the frame with two runs to extend their lead to 4-1, before adding two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and then back-to-back solo homeruns in the sixth for an 8-1 advantage that secured the victory.

UIC concludes the Saluki Invitational Sunday against Wisconsin at 9:00 a.m., followed by Southern Illinois at 1:00 p.m.