Softball Suffers Pair of Losses to Green Bay

Sophomore Laura Swan had two hits, with one homer, two walks and two RBI on Saturday.
Sophomore Laura Swan had two hits, with one homer, two walks and two RBI on Saturday.

April 26, 2014

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GREEN BAY, Wis. - The UIC softball team (12-23, 6-8 HL) could not hold off Green Bay (21-11, 8-4 HL) on Saturday at the Phoenix Softball Field, as it fell 5-4 in game one and dropped a 5-2 decision in game two of the doubleheader.

Through the two games, the Flames combined for 18 hits, nearly ahead of the Phoenix's 17, and had contributions from nine players. Alex Wyss had three hits on the day, while Laura Swan, Paige Peterson, Jacki Fletcher and Courtney Heeley had at least one hit in each game.

Game One: Green Bay 5, UIC 4

After falling behind 5-1 through five, the Flames pushed for the come-from-behind victory by scoring three runs in the final two innings but came up short with the bases loaded to end the game. UIC outhit Green Bay, 9-6, with Natalie Hernandez and Jenna Marsalli each adding a pair.

The Flames scored the first run of the game in the second when Swan belted her third homer of the season over the left field fence.

The Phoenix went three-up, three-down in the second and third before producing three runs in the fourth. A lead-off double, single and walk loaded the bases with one run scoring on a ground out before two more came in on Green Bay's third hit of the inning.

Two more scored for the Phoenix in the fifth after the lead-off batter was hit by a pitch and came in to score on a double, with the final run scoring on a single.

UIC attempted its rally in the sixth as Peterson and Fletcher led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Both runners came in to score on a single by Marsalli and an error on Green Bay.

Into the seventh, Kaleigh Nagle received a free base to lead off, followed by a double by Heeley. Hernandez then stepped to the plate and singled to score one, but the game would end with the bases loaded.

Alice Fitzpatrick received her 12th start of the season and pitched the complete game, allowing six hits while walking two and striking out five.

Game Two: Green Bay 5, UIC 2

The Flames could not catch up to the Phoenix after they scored one run in five separate innings off of 11 hits and three UIC errors. Wyss and Erica Hampton each tabbed two hits for the Flames, while Swan and Heeley knocked in both runs.

The Phoenix scored early with one run in the first after Miranda Reinke tripled and scored on a UIC error. They added one more in the second on a RBI double and another in the third with a bases-loaded RBI single.

The Flames collected their first run of the game in the fourth when Peterson singled, stole second and scored on a single by Fletcher.

One run for Green Bay scored in the fifth after a double and single began the inning and a single up the middle allowed a runner to score. A single, an error and another single loaded the bases in the sixth before the final run for the Phoenix was driven in off their third hit of the inning.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Kelly Kennedy singled before Hampton followed it up with a single of her own. Heeley then recorded her second double of the day to bring in UIC's last run of the game.

Bridget Boyle started her 15th game of the season and went 4.0 innings in the circle, where she walked one and struck out two, before Fitzpatrick went 1.1 innings and Lindsay Melson came in to finish the game.

The Flames are back at the Phoenix Softball Field on Sunday for the final game of the series at noon.