UIC Edged By Bradley 1-0 In Eight Innings

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March 19, 2013

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Despite an eighth-inning surge, the UIC softball team (6-17) was outlasted by Bradley Tuesday inside The Dome at the Ball Park in Rosemont, Ill. The Flames out-hit the Braves 8-5.

“I thought pitching and defense kept us in the game today,” head coach Michelle Venturella said. “Devin [Miller] was sharp on the mound, and Erica [Hampton] called a great game. Our offense didn’t produce as well as we would have liked; there weren’t enough hard-hit balls and there were too many standing K’s. I was proud of the way they battled back, and I thought we had a chance to win it when we came back with the bases loaded and only one out, but the ball didn’t go our way today. We need to get back to practice and starting thinking about the start of conference games.”

Seniors Kara Komp and Coryn Schmit and junior Natalie Hernandez each collected two hits on the day. Junior Jacki Fletcher and senior Melissa Preish added a hit a piece for a team total of eight on the day, in comparison to Bradley’s five.

In eight innings of work, Miller faced 32 batters and blanked four.

The teams were tied 0-0 at the bottom of the seventh inning to send the contest to extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, the Braves first baseman Alyson Clemente recorded the RBI, knocking in right fielder Brittany Burgess.

UIC then answered in the bottom half of the frame by loading the bases, before Marsalli lined out to Bradley’s first baseman, who then rung up Preish to record the double plan and conclude the contest.

UIC begins conference play Saturday against Green Bay at Flames Field with a doubleheader set to begin at Noon (CT).