Softball Concludes Fall Season

Senior Devin Miller threw 15 strikeouts against Eastern Illinois.
Senior Devin Miller threw 15 strikeouts against Eastern Illinois.

Oct. 2, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The UIC softball team defeated Bradley, 5-1 Saturday at the 2012 State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship in Bloomington, lll. The Flames posted five runs in the fifth inning to capture the win over the Braves.

UIC collected a 1-3 record on the weekend. Saturday, the Flames fell in a 1-0 decision to Eastern Illinois, before defeating Bradley, 5-1.

"We always put a lot of emphasis on pitching and defense being the two things that keep us in every game, and Devin (Miller) came out and really set the tone for us against Eastern Illinois," head coach Michelle Venturella said. "She had 15 strikeouts, and worked really well with Teresa (Aguilar) behind the plate, who called a great game. Our offense fell short, but I give credit to Eastern's pitcher, who did a nice job as well."

"It was nice to come back and really explode during the fifth inning, scoring five runs against Bradley. Both Bridget (Boyle) and Lindsay (Melson) did a nice job controlling their offense," Venturella said.

Moving in to Sunday, the Flames fell to eventual tournament champions, DePaul, 13-1. Following the contest with the Blue Demons, UIC was outlasted 7-1 by Southern Illinois.

"We were not sharp on defense on Sunday, which seemed to take us out of our game offensively, but we saw some good things from different people," Venturella said. "We have tried several different line-ups throughout the fall, and it was good to see what this team is capable of doing."

"I also have to point out that Melissa (Preish) played great in left field against Southern Illinois," Venturella said. "She saved a lot of hits which could have turned in to runs. Anyone who watched that game would have really been excited to see that level of play. We have a lot to work on throughout the rest of fall and winter workouts, but our staff and team are very excited about the direction we are headed."