Flames Too Hot For Penguins

Jenna Marsalli went 3-for-3 on the day.
Jenna Marsalli went 3-for-3 on the day.

April 28, 2013

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CHICAGO – Junior Jenna Marsalli paced the Flames with three hits to capture the conference three-game series 2-1 over Youngstown State Sunday in a 3-2 win at Flames Field. With the win, UIC remains in first place in the Horizon League with a 14-4 record.

“I thought today was a great team win,” head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. “I thought Bridget [Boyle] did a great job for us. Our defense made the adjustments they needed to from yesterday, and again, I thought our offense was hitting well, but it seemed to be right at people. It was nice to see Laura [Swan] come up with the game-winning RBI and Jenna [Marsalli] has just been solid for us.”

Marsalli posted three hits in the contest, while freshman designated player had a hit and RBI.

Freshman Bridget Boyle started inside the circle for UIC and captured her first collegiate win in seven innings of work.

The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, before UIC answered in the bottom half of the frame with two of its own runs.

Jenna Marsalli singled up the middle to begin the second inning, before Laura Swan walked. With runners on first and second, Jacki Fletcher reached on an error by the Penguins third baseman to score Marsalli. Erica Hampton then knocked in Swan and earned the RBI off of a groundout to the second baseman to tie the Penguins at 2-2.

Marsalli again produced in the fifth inning with a single up the middle, before Swan tripled to right field to score Marsalli for a 3-2 victory. Swan almost posted an inside-the-park homerun, but was thrown out by the Youngstown right fielder in a play at the plate.

The Flames held on to the 3-2 victory to improve to 21-21 on the season and 14-4 in the Horizon League to remain in first place.

The Flames return to action Wednesday at Flames Field against Northwestern at 6:00 p.m. (CT).