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    Softball Falls In Slugfest At Northern Illinois, 12-8
     

     
    Shannon Kehr rocked her seventh home run of the season against Northern Illinois on Wednesday afternoon.
     
    Shannon Kehr rocked her seventh home run of the season against Northern Illinois on Wednesday afternoon.
     
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    April 14, 2010

    Box Score

    DEKALB, Ill. - Shannon Kehr would drive in a career-high four RBI at Northern Illinois on Wednesday, but the UIC softball team was unable to best their hosts, falling 12-8 this afternoon at Mary M. Bell Field.

    The Flames (9-28) and Huskies (16-22) traded three runs in the inaugural frame, with Kehr driving in Brooke Frydendall and Stephanie Chavez off a two-out homer over left field after the senior tandem had both been walked.

    NIU answered right back with a pair of singles, an error by the UIC infield and a double to knot the contest up at three apiece. The Huskies would tack on two more off a dead-center field homer from outfielder Amanda Sheppard, bringing in Dani Parrish, who had opened the inning with a double to left field for a 5-3 lead.

    Melinda Macias and Chavez would open the third with back-to-back walks, and a well placed bunt from Frydendall loaded the bases up for Ashley Hewett.

    The Huskies secondbasemen Andrea Colosimo's throw to home plate would be out of reach for catcher Carly Norton, which allowed Macias and Chavez to score on the play as Norton scrambled.

    A deep sacrifice flyout to right field from Kehr would give Frydendall enough time to reach home with ease for the Flames 6-5 lead.

    But the hosts would keep up their heavy hitting ways, picking up more than one hit in each inning of the game. Three stolen bases and two singles would grace NIU with a run in the fourth, followed by two doubles and a single in the fifth to give the Huskies an 8-6 lead.

     

     

    UIC would only get three baserunners on in the fourth and fifth innings, and NIU would break the contest open with a four run fifth off of four hits to extend their lead by six.

    Kelsey Sturgeon opened the sixth inning with a single in the 3-4 gap, and an infield miscue during Claire Donyanavard's at bat would move pinch runner Kara Komp all the way around the bases to cut the difference to five. Macias would then drive in the final run of the contest off a deep single to center field for the final four-run difference.

    The Flames return to Horizon League action this weekend when they play host to Valparaiso, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.