Flames Fall in Series Finale to Detroit, 9-6

Senior Courtney Heeley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second.
Senior Courtney Heeley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second.

April 19, 2014

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CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (12-20, 6-6 HL) was unable to come back on Senior Day after Detroit (5-34, 1-8 HL) scored nine runs in the first two innings to take a 9-6 win on Saturday at Flames Field. Seniors Jacki Fletcher, Courtney Heeley, Natalie Hernandez and Jenna Marsalli each had at least one hit in the game, while Hernandez and Heeley both homered to contribute to the Flames’ 19 home runs this season.

UIC had 10 hits on the day, with Heeley, sophomore Laura Swan and junior Paige Peterson contributing a pair alongside Hernandez, Fletcher, Marsalli, and junior Eleni Polites with singles. Fletcher has now had a hit in her last 11 games, while Peterson is sitting on a nine-game hit streak.

Detroit took the quick lead with three runs off of four hits and a UIC error in the first. The Flames stepped to the plate in the bottom of the inning to nab two of their own and pull within one, as Hernandez led off with her eighth home run of the season before Peterson singled and would come around to score on a single by Swan.

The Titans then scored six runs in the top of the second to credit their nine runs of the game. UIC put up two as a response following junior Erica Hampton’s first-of-three walks of the game and Heeley’s third homer of the season.

After putting zeros on the board in the third and fourth, Marsalli singled in the fifth and advanced to second on a throwing error by Detroit before moving to third on a ground out and scoring on a wild pitch. Heeley led off with a double in the sixth and came in to score after a sac bunt by Polites and a sac fly by Hernandez.

The Flames tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh after Marsalli was hit by a pitch and Swan and Hampton walked to load the bases, but all runners were left on to end the game.

Redshirt-freshman Lindsay Melson received her first career start and went 1.2 innings before sophomore Alice Fitzpatrick came in to finish the game. Fitzpatrick pitched 5.1 innings and limited the Titans to three hits and no runs while striking out two batters.

UIC will return to Flames Field on Tuesday to host IUPUI. Originally scheduled for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. CT, the two teams will now play a single game beginning at 4 p.m.