Softball Late-Game Surge Falls Just Short

Senior Kara Komp collected two hits and one RBI.
Senior Kara Komp collected two hits and one RBI.

May 1, 2013

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CHICAGO - The Flames battled from an eight-run deficit to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and one in the bottom of the seventh, but Northwestern maintained control to defeat UIC 8-5 Wednesday evening at Flames Field.

"After the first inning I felt like our kids competed well," head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. "Bridget [Boyle] made the adjustments she needed to on the mound, and the defense did a nice job. Melissa [Preish] was great in centerfield. It was nice to see the offense score five runs in the last two innings even though we came up a little short in the end."

Juniors Natalie Hernandez and Jenna Marsalli and senior Kara Komp each collected two hits and one RBI against Northwestern. Marsalli homered over the right-center wall in the bottom of the seventh.

The Wildcats opened the contest with five runs in the opening frame, before adding a run in the top of the third, fifth and sixth innings to gain an 8-0 lead over the Flames.

UIC's four-run rally began with a single by senior Coryn Schmit. Freshman Alex Wyss entered to run for the first baseman, before Marsalli singled. Wyss and Marsalli each advanced on a ground out by freshman Laura Swan. With Wyss, Marsalli and Fletcher, who reached on a fielder's choice, freshman Dana Capocci pinch hit and scored Wyss. Junior Courtney Heeley then singled to left field to score Marsalli, and Hernandez singled to score Fletcher. Komp then earned a RBI on a fielder's choice that sent Capocci home to record the fourth inning in the frame to place the score at 8-4.

UIC then held Northwestern scoreless in the seventh, and Marsalli went the distance in homer that tipped off Northwestern centerfielder Kristin Scharkey's glove to post the final Flames run of the contest in an 8-5 decision.

The Flames return to conference play Saturday at Noon (CT) against Cleveland State and Sunday at Noon in a single game.