Softball Defeats Loyola In Twelve Innings, 2-1
May 11, 2007
Cleveland, Ohio - No. 4 UIC squared off against No. 1 seeded Loyola in a crosstown rivalry in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Horizon League Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Flames (20-31) edged the Ramblers (21-20) in the second twelve-inning contest of the tournament, 2-1.
UIC faces Wright State in the semifinals tonight at 5:00 p.m. CST at Viking Field in Cleveland, Ohio. With a win, the Flames will battle for the 2007 tournament title at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.
Leading the Flames in RBI this season, freshman Brooke Frydendall tabbed the winning hit in the top of the 12th inning. Frydendall was 2-for-6 with one RBI. Junior Mallory Studzinski kept UIC alive in the top of the seventh inning with her first career home run to knot the game at 1-1. Junior Brittany Dixon was 1-for-4 with the winning run.
For the second consecutive contest, sophomore Sarah Clynes dominated in the circle for the Flames with seven strikeouts in 12 innings pitched. Clynes has allowed only one run scored in her last 19 innings pitched. At the plate, Clynes drew a career and season-high five walks in six at bats.
Amy Solava was 2-for-5 for the Ramblers, while Kat Krause was 2-for-5 against the Flames. Ashley Mitchell was 1-for-5 with LUC's lone RBI. Ellen Kresl was 2-for-4 with one double and Tara Miller picked up one hit in the contest.
Clynes moves to 16-16 on the season in the circle, while Loyola pitcher Solava falls to 12-12.
Loyola took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Mitchell down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Three outs away from moving into the consolation bracket, Studzinski drilled her first career homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1 and eventually send the game into extra innings.
Loyola threatened in the bottom of the tenth, but UIC's defense stepped up to get out of the inning. Miller hit a line drive over second baseman Nikki Rogers, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Kresl. UIC's Frydendall then bobbled a line drive from Mitchell, but made the catch and threw out Miller at second base to complete the double play.
In the top of the 12th inning, Dixon ripped her first triple of the season to right center with no outs. Clynes then drew her fifth walk of the game to put runners of the corners. Jacoby moved Clynes into scoring position after grounding out to the second baseman. Frydendall then stepped up to the plate and notched what would prove to be the winning hit to right field, sending Dixon home for the 2-1 advantage.
It was three up, three down for Loyola in the bottom of the 12th, clinching the one-run victory (2-1) for the Flames.