Flames Split Twinbill With Wright State
May 5, 2012
Devin Miller pitched a shutout against Wright State during the second contest of the day at Flames Field. It was Miller's second shutout of the season.
"It was good to see us change our approach for game two," head softball coach Michelle Venturella said. "Devin (Miller) and Erica (Hampton) did a great job, and our offense continued to apply pressure throughout the game. It was nice to see different people hit the ball well. We need to start strong tomorrow and finish the series with a win."
UIC fell in an 8-4 decision during the first game of the doubleheader, before the team picked up a 6-0 victory to close out the day.
Miller (14-13/3.77 ERA) started both games inside the circle for UIC, she pitched just over five innings in the first game, and seven complete innings during the second game. The junior posted a 1-1 record on the day and fanned 16 batters.
Wright State then answered as the Raiders scored runs in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to earn a hefty 8-1 lead.
UIC earned three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The scoring spree began with back-to-back walks. Freshman Breann Warren and sophomore Courtney Heeley both walked, while freshman Erica Hampton pinch ran for Warren. With runners on first and second, Macias reached on a fielder's choice, while Heeley was put out at second base. Sophomore Natalie Hernandez then hit a three-run homer over the left-field wall to place the score at 8-4, Wright State.
Despite the late-game scoring spree, the Flames were unable to gain a lead over the Raiders, and fell in an 8-4 outcome.
UIC bounced back in the second game as the team again scored in the first inning. Lead-off batter, Macias, hit a double down the left-field line, and advanced to third base on a ground out by Schmit. Fletcher then singled through the left side to score Macias.
The Flames tacked on an additional run in the bottom of the third inning when Schmit, who leads the team in home runs and RBI, hit her ninth home run and earned her 39th RBI of the season with a ball hit over the center-field wall.
UIC then posted back-to-back two-run innings in the fourth and fifth frames. Hampton hit her third double of the season, while Macias walked. The dup eventually scored off of a fielder's choice to extend the UIC lead to 4-0.
UIC posted its final two runs of the contest in the bottom of the fifth inning as sophomore Jenna Marsalli singled down the right-field line, and junior Melissa Preish, reached on a bunt. Senior Ashley Hewett laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Marsalli and Preish, before Hampton singled up-the-middle to clear the bases, and lead the Flames to a 6-0 victory.
The Flames conclude the regular season tomorrow with Senior Day, which begins at Noon (CT) as the team closes out the series with Wright State.