Flames Handle Huskies, 5-4

Senior Melissa Preish had two hits in the contest.
Senior Melissa Preish had two hits in the contest.

April 24, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. – The UIC softball team defeated Northern Illinois 5-4 Wednesday at Mary M. Bell Field in DeKalb, Ill. The Flames offense produced 11 hits in the contest to seal the victory and improve to 19-20 on the season.

The Flames manufactured 11 hits and Northern Illinois earned seven hits in the contest. Seniors Kara Komp and Melissa Preish and freshman Laura Swan paced the Flames with two hits each.

Senior Devin Miller earned the win inside the circle for UIC. In seven innings of work the reigning Horizon League Pitcher of the Week blanked eight batters and had only one earned run. With the win, Miller advances to 19-13.

Preish reached on a base hit to left field, before senior Coryn Schmit doubled to centerfield to score Preish and jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Schmit then scored in the third inning off of an error by the second baseman that allowed Swan to reach first base.

Swan singled, before junior Jacki Fletcher tripled to right field to score pinch runner Cyndi Becker. Sophomore Erica Hampton then doubled to score Fletcher, while freshman Eleni Polites entered to pinch run for Hampton. Komp singled to left-center field to score Polites. The three runs extended the UIC lead to 5-1.

A late-game surge placed the Huskies within one run (5-4) of the Flames. Then, the tying run of the game was thrown out at a plate in a throw from left fielder Courtney Heeley to catcher, Hampton and the Flames secured the victory, 5-4.

The Flames return to conference play Saturday against Youngstown State with a doubleheader at Noon (CT), followed by a single game Sunday at 11:00 a.m.. Saturday serves as a breast cancer awareness day as the team closes in on its final days of the FLAMEingo Drive. To help the team reach its monetary goal, donate HERE.