UIC Splits Twinbill Against Valparaiso
April 14, 2013
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The UIC softball team run-ruled Valparaiso 10-0 to begin the twinbill Sunday, before falling 3-1 in the series finale at VU Softball Field in Valparaiso, Ind. UIC claimed the series 2-1 over the Crusaders.
“I am really happy with how our team is playing,” head coach Michelle Venturella said. “Devin [Miller] has been really sharp on the mound and the offense has been hitting the ball well. We had several different kids come through at different times, which is a good sign. We hit the ball well in the last game, but it was right at fielders. Overall, it was a good weekend.”
Senior Devin Miller pitched five innings and compiled six strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
UIC placed two runs on the board in the top of the third inning when senior Kara Komp led off the inning with a single, before senior Melissa Preish walked and senior Coryn Schmit was intentionally walked. Junior Jenna Marsalli then doubled to left-center to score Komp and Preish.
Junior Natalie Hernandez led off the top of the fourth inning with a triple and advanced home on a throwing error by Valparaiso’s second baseman. Komp then singled to center field, before Schmit was intentionally walked. With runners on first and second, Marsalli singled to right field to score Komp. Junior Jacki Fletcher posted the final two runs of the fourth frame with a single through the right side to score Schmit and Marsalli.
With four more runs in the top of the fifth, UIC retired the Crusaders. The scoring spree began with a single by Hernandez, before she stole second. Preish doubled down the right field line to score Hernandez and Schmit then singled to send Preish home. Senior Cyndi Becker pinch ran for Schmit. Freshman Laura Swan walked. Fletcher singled to third base to move Becker and Swan and load the bases. Sophomore Erica Hampton singled to left field to score Becker and junior Courtney Heeley pushed in an RBI off of a walk.
The Flames then held off Valparaiso in the bottom of the fifth to secure the game 10-0.
Moving in to the second game of the day, Miller blanked six batters in her six innings of work.
Komp led UIC with two hits and Heeley posted the sole UIC RBI of the contest.
Valparaiso put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the second to jump out to a 3-0 lead over UIC.
UIC’s lone run in the series finale was in the top of the fourth inning. Fletcher singled up the middle and advanced on a fielder’s choice and then scored off of a single by Heeley.
UIC takes a break from conference play with a mid-week single game Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. (CT) against Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill.