Softball Closes Out Fall Campaign With Success At Illinois Collegiate Championships
Oct. 4, 2010
CHICAGO - The UIC softball team concluded the abbreviated fall season at the Illinois Collegiate Championships in Bloomington, Ill. this past weekend, the last time the Flames will take to the field in over four months.
The weekend began with close 3-2 loss to Eastern Illinois before turning things around in a 3-0 victory against Southern Illinois. Senior hurler Whitney Orellana scattered a trio of hits while fanning 11 in the complete game win.
"Southern came out strongly in the first, but Whitney did a great job of shutting them down for the remainder of the game," said head coach Michelle Venturella. "Teresa Aguilar did a great job behind the plate in regards to setting up hitters and working with Whitney's strengths. We responded how we needed to, meeting the challenges presented to us as a team head-on."
Advancing on into Sunday, the Flames narrowly fell to Southern Illinois Edwardsville in a 4-2 loss, but closed out the afternoon with a five inning pummeling of Lakeland College, winning 19-1.
"It was nice to see everyone step up offensively and get the job done," said Venturella. "We had several individuals with a multi-hit game, including four home runs.
"When your offense comes out as strongly as it did, it's hard for the other team to get settled into a groove. It was a nice way to end the tournament."
The Flames now prepare for the upcoming 2011 season, which gets underway in early February.
"It was a good weekend for us to continue to work on the things that we need to with our team," said Venturella. "It was great to see two strong performances from Whitney on the mound. We have work to do but there is a lot of promise heading into our next phase of training. "