UIC Softball Wins Series Over Loyola
March 30, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC softball team won the conference series opener 2-1 over Loyola. The Flames won 2-1 Friday, before run-ruling the Ramblers 9-1 in five innings to start off Saturday’s twin bill. Loyola then edged UIC 9-8 during the final game of the weekend at Flames Field.
"We saw a great effort from our team in all three games," head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. "It was nice to see the offense continuously put pressure on Loyola's defense. We had several people hit the ball hard, but it was great to see Coryn [Schmit] and Laura [Swan] come through with big hits. Overall, it was a good start to the conference season."
Senior Coryn Schmit accounted for five of UIC’s nine runs during the first game against Loyola. The first baseman went 3-for-3, including a grand slam in the game with five RBI.
The Flames grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Schmit collected her first RBI of the day as she doubled to score Preish.
Loyola then added a run in the top half of the third frame, it would be the only Rambler run recorded in the contest.
In the bottom of the third inning Heeley posted the first run of six in the frame, before Schmit stepped in with the grand slam to score Natalie Hernandez, Kara Komp and Melissa Preish and collect four RBI. Heeley then earned the final RBI of the inning as she singled to score Jenna Marsalli.
In the bottom of the fourth inning the Flames added two more runs with Komp and Preish scoring to end the game in five innings with a 9-1 decision.
Swan was the game-changer for UIC in the second game as the freshman earned six RBI in the back-and-forth contest.
Loyola collected three runs in the top of the second inning, before Swan answered with a two-run homerun to score Marsalli. The Ramblers then added another run in the third frame, before Swan again battled back with a three-run double to score Komp, Preish and Marsalli and gain a 5-4 edge.
Then with three runs and two run in the sixth and seventh, respectively, Loyola regained the lead at 9-5.
The Flames put forth a valiant effort in the bottom of the seventh as Swan earned her sixth RBI off of a walk, before junior Jacki Fletcher posted a two-run single. Despite the seventh-inning spree, Loyola secured the game 9-8.
UIC returns to action Monday against Northwestern at 5:00 p.m. (CT) at Flames Field.