UIC Softball Suffers Setback Versus Cleveland State On Saturday
April 28, 2007
Chicago, Ill. - UIC softball (16-27, 6-5) fell to Cleveland State (21-12, 4-6) in a doubleheader on Saturday at Flames Field. The Flames posted two-out rallies in the bottom of the seventh to get within one run in each game, but fell short in both contests.
The series finale between the Vikings and Flames is set for Sunday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.
Sophomore Sarah Clynes led UIC with a .750 batting average. Clynes was 6-for-8 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Melissa Marinacci was 3-for-7 (.429) with two runs and one double. Junior Ashlee Ackerman was 3-for-8 (.375) with two RBI. Freshman Brooke Frydendall posted a .333 batting average (2-for-6) with one run and one RBI. Junior Brittany Dixon was 2-for-7 with two runs, one double and two RBI.
Cleveland State 10, UIC 9
Cleveland State snapped its sixth-game losing streak against UIC in game one. After the Vikings scored ten unanswered runs in the final three innings, the Flames fell one run short of tying the contest with five runs in the bottom of the seventh (10-9).
Christina Swierz moves to 3-3 with the win in the circle, while Clynes falls to 12-14.
Marinacci was 2-for-4 with two runs and one double. Clynes was 3-for-4 with two runs, one RBI and one double. Dixon was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and one double. Ackerman was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
CSU's Christa Coppus was 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Jessica Burt was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Amanda Houchin was 2-for-3 with one run, three RBI and a homer. Michele Penny notched the Vikings second homer of the day. Penny was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.
Marinacci kicked off the bottom of the second inning with a double down the right field line. Mallory Studzinski then moved Marinacci to third base on a sacrifice bunt, followed by sacrifice fly deep to center field from Nikki Rogers to give UIC a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Flames struck again in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to second base from Frydendall, sending Clynes home.
UIC added two more runs in the bottom of the third on a throwing error by CSU. Clynes then drilled an RBI double deep to center field for the 4-0 advantage.
After a 30 minute delay due to a UIC injury in the top of the fourth inning, Cleveland State cut the deficit to one run on four hits.
The Vikings took a 5-4 lead on a two-run homer over the right field fence by Penny in the top of the sixth.
Houchin picked up CSU's second home run of the game on a two-run blast in the top of the seventh inning. Penny then hit an RBI single to send Gordon home, followed by an RBI single from Tara Meyer. UIC then committed an error to give the Vikings a 10-4 advantage.
The Flames rallied in the bottom of the seventh on two outs to get within one run, but fell short. Rogers tabbed an RBI single up the middle, followed by a two-run RBI double by Dixon. Ackerman singled up the middle for two RBI (10-9), but Jacoby popped out to end the contest.
Cleveland State 2, UIC 1
Cleveland State topped UIC, 2-1, in game two of Saturday's doubleheader.
CSU pitcher Amanda Macenko improves her overall record to 16-8, while freshman Chelsea Fuemmeler falls to 3-13.
Clynes was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Liz Jacoby, Frydendall and Marinacci each picked up a hit against the Vikings. Rogers tabbed one run.
Coppus was 3-for-4. Milosek was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Burt was 1-for-4 and Danielle Young was 1-for-2. Haley Keller notched CSU's second run in game two.
Cleveland State struck in the top of the first inning on two UIC errors to take an early 2-0 lead.
UIC posted another two out rally in the bottom of the seventh to get within one run of tying it up at 2-2 on an RBI double from Clynes, but Ackerman grounded out to the short stop to end the game.
UIC steps out of conference play next week to battle nationally-ranked DePaul on Tuesday, May 1 at Cacciatore Stadium, followed by a home doubleheader on Thursday, May 3 versus Western Illinois. Senior Day will be celebrated prior to the doubleheader between the Flames and Westerwinds.