Softball Claims Horizon League Regular Season Title With Doubleheader Sweep At Wright State

Sarah Clynes went drove in two runs on Saturday against Wright State.
Sarah Clynes went drove in two runs on Saturday against Wright State.

May 2, 2009

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score


DAYTON, Ohio - The UIC softball team took control of their own fate on Saturday, sweeping Wright State in a doubleheader to claim the 2009 Horizon League regular season title.

The Flames (24-23, 16-3 Horizon) will close out the three-game series at Wright State tomorrow at 12 p.m. before preparing for next week's Horizon League Tournament, held in Pendleton, Ind.

Game One: UIC 3, Wright State 1
In the first, Wright State put up the game's first run, but it would be all the host squad would muster offensively in the lid lifter as the inning concluded with three stranded on base.

The Flames got on the board in the third off of Melinda Macias two-run blast, her third homer of the season to jump ahead and lead the Raiders 2-1. Macias would go 1-for-3 with the pair of RBI and her 17th run of the year.

Shannon Kehr would open the fourth inning with a centerfield double, and Melissa Marinacci's bunt successfully moved Kehr to third and allowed her to reach first. One batter later, Alicia Abbott's single down the left field line drove in Kehr to bump the Flames to the eventually 3-1 final score.

Ashley Hewett moves to 13-8 with her victory in the circle, fanning three and scattering six hits and the lone run of the first contest.

Game Two: UIC 5, Wright State 0
Game two got underway with the Flames striking first, as Marinacci would drive in Macias with an RBI single to center field in the opening frame.

The second inning saw senior Sarah Clynes drive in Carly DeMarco with a two-out single down the right side to put UIC up by two.

A trio of unearned runs in the fourth continued the hitting success the Flames have seen in league play, as Clynes would drive in Abbott after an RBI single towards the Raiders shortstop.

A throwing error from the catcher allowed DeMarco to reach, and Stephanie Chavez belted her 10th double of her junior season towards left center, driving Abbot and Clynes in to put the Flames up by five.

On the defensive end of things, the Flames were outstanding, only allowing one Raider to advance all the way to third in the nightcap, as Clynes allowed only five hits in her Saturday stint in the circle.

After Wright State opened the seventh with their first hit in five innings, the final inning saw UIC clinch the league title off of a well-turned 1-6-3 double play for the program's first regular season title since the 2006 season. The Flames were picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll.