Softball Advances To Horizon League Championship Semifinals After 7-4 Victory Over Green Bay
May 7, 2009
PENDLETON, Ind. - The UIC softball team put up four runs in the fourth inning to break open a tie ballgame with Green Bay in the second round of the 2009 Horizon League Championships, moving on to the semifinals tomorrow after the 7-4 victory over the Phoenix this afternoon at Legends Field in suburban Indianapolis.
The Flames (25-24), down 0-1 to the Phoenix (19-24) entering the bottom of the second, picked up the first hits of the game against starter Amanda Margelofsky, beginning with Brooke Frydendall's right field single, followed by an excellently placed bunt from senior Melissa Marinacci.
A throwing error from Margelofsky moved Frydendall to third and Marinacci to second, but it would be a moot point as Ashley Hewett smashed her fourth homer of the season over the right center-field wall, giving the Flames the 3-1 lead.
Green Bay, who advanced to the second round courtesy of a six-run seventh inning to defeat Valparaiso earlier in the day, tied things up in the third with back-to-back outfield hits to open the inning, followed by a pair of infield hits to keep the game at 3-3.
UIC capitalized on two of the Phoenix's five errors in the game in the fourth inning, scoring four times off of two hits.
Carly DeMarco got things going with a one-out single up the middle, quickly followed by her 19th stolen base of the season. The sophomore is now tied for fifth all-time in single-season swiped bases, and is a mere two bases away from entering the top ten career record books for her sneaky maneuvers.
Sarah Clynes, who split up pitching duties with Hewett, reached on an error off of secondbasemen Krissy Hanson, and speedy DeMarco scored all the way from second to open things up for UIC.
Melinda Macias followed up Clynes with a bunt that moved her all the way to second and Clynes to third. Stephanie Chavez would be walked by Margelofsky, and Frydendall would drive in both Clynes and Macais with a left-field RBI single for a 6-3 lead.
The Flames weren't done, as Hewett would reach on a throwing error from the thirdbasemen, which allowed Chavez to get home with ease for the 7-3 margin.
A solo homer in the seventh wouldn't be enough for Green Bay, who stranded four throughout, ended the game with the 7-4 victory for the Flames.
The pitching duo of Hewett and Clynes, who would pick up her 7th victory of the season (7-13), scattered six hits against the Phoenix.
Frydendall went 2-for-4 with her pair of RBI, while Hewett would go 2-for-4 with a trio of RBI.
UIC will return to the field on Friday night at 7 p.m. CST in the championship semifinals, with their opponent coming from this evening's second round matches between Cleveland State and Butler, followed by Wright State-Loyola contest. The victors from the two games will face off tomorrow at noon, with the winner advancing to the semifinals with UIC.
For updated brackets and opponent information, check out www.horizonleague.org.