Softball Claims 8-2 Victory Over Santa Clara, Remainder Of Day Washed Out
March 19, 2011
SACRAMENTO - The UIC softball team continued to persevere amidst wet and windy conditions, taking a drenched 8-2 win over Santa Clara at the Capital Classic on Saturday morning.
The Flames, now 8-12 on the year, opened up the morning with a pair of runs in the first. The opening pitch of the game would grace the helmet of Melinda Macias, who would then move to second after a well-placed bunt from Carly DeMarco.
Natalie Hernandez would bring in Macias from second, and a wild pitch would allow DeMarco to bring home UICs second run for a 2-0 lead.
Ashley Hewett would take to the circle for her second consecutive start and kept the Broncos subdued through the majority of the game.
Christie Seddon would get the first of two hits on the day to open up the second, and once again Macias and DeMarco would each score a run off a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly from Coryn Schmit to put the Flames up by four.
But the Bronco's would get on the board with two outs in the second when left fielder Jackie Nicora would bloop a hit over left field wall to cut Santa Clara's deficit to three.
Macias would drive in a run in the third, bringing home Teresa Aguilar who reached on an infield single with one out to put the Flames back ahead by four, 5-1.
The Broncos would respond again in the bottom of the inning as second baseman Brianna Knight knocked a triple to the center field wall at Shea Stadium to drive in leadoff hitter Jamie Wallis for a 5-2 score through three.
At that point in the game, the persistent rains began to fall harder, but the Flames continued on in their offensive showing, plating three more runs in the fifth off of two singles, three walks and a pair of fielder's choices for the eventual 8-2 score.
With the game looking to be on the cusp of being rained out, Devin Miller came in to close out the game, allowing two to reach but no one scored. When the Flames returned to bat in the top of the sixth, the game, as well as the remaining contests of the day, was washed out.
The Sacramento forecast predicts more rain and fierce winds for tomorrow morning, so check back to uicflames.com for any other schedule adjustments or cancelations.