Softball Maintains Possession Of First Place In League

Senior Devin Miller threw a shutout in the second game.
Senior Devin Miller threw a shutout in the second game.

May 4, 2013

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CHICAGO – In a day that honored UIC's six seniors, the Flames fell 7-4 in the opening game against Cleveland State Saturday, before senior pitcher Devin Miller led the Flames to a 7-0 shut out during the second contest at Flames Field.

"It was great to come back and get game two today," head UIC softball coach Michelle Venturella said. "We made the adjustments we needed to, and played well on both sides of the ball. It was nice to see Erica [Hampton] hit the homerun to give us an early advantage. Overall, it was a solid performance."

Senior Melissa Preish paced the Flames in the opening contest with two hits and two RBI. Coryn Schmit had two hits, while junior Courtney Heeley chipped in with two hits and one RBI.

Freshman Bridget Boyle started inside the circle, where she pitched seven innings, allowed five runs and waked just three batters.

UIC posted one run in the bottom of the first inning, before the Vikings collected three runs in the top of the third. They then added one run in the third and three more runs in the top of the fourth for a hefty 7-1 lead over UIC.

UIC added one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including a solo homerun by Preish in the seventh frame, but the effort fell short as Cleveland State topped UIC 7-4.

Moving in to the second game, sophomore Erica Hampton collected one hit (a homerun) and three RBI in the outing. She went the yard in the bottom of the second inning. Schmit and junior Jenna Marsalli were each hit by a pitch to reach base, before Hampton hit her first-career homer with the Flames to clear the bases and lift UIC to a 3-0 lead.

UIC then added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth to secure the game 7-0.

Miller retired 16 of the last 17 batters and allowed only one Cleveland State batter to reach base, which was the result of a walk.

The Flames conclude the regular season Sunday in a single game against Cleveland State at Noon (CT). UIC remains tied for first place (15-5) with Loyola, while maintaining control of the tie-breaker. The host location for the Horizon League Championship will be set following UIC’s game Sunday.