Flames Continue Season In Arizona

Natalie Hernandez leads the Flames offense with a .467 batting average.
Natalie Hernandez leads the Flames offense with a .467 batting average.

Feb. 14, 2013

CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (0-5) travels to Tempe, Ariz., for the Littlewood Classic. Arizona State plays host to the event and the Flames begin competition Friday at 9:15 a.m. (CT) against UNI. In addition to UNI, UIC faces Michigan State twice, Arizona State and Illinois State.


UIC opened its 2013 season at the Hotel Encanto Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. … the team compiled an 0-5 record on the weekend … they fell to Nebraska 14-5 and 13-4, before taking the Huskers to extra innings during the final outing, but dropped 4-3 … host team, New Mexico State outlasted UIC 8-1 and 11 during the weekend … Natalie Hernandez (.467), Kara Komp (.313) and Coryn Schmit (.308) lead the team offensively.

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UNI enters the Littlewood Classic with a 2-3 record … UNI played host to the UNI-Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to open the season … the team defeated North Dakota State (5-2) and fellow Horizon League team Green Bay 8-2 … the Panthers fell to Alabama (8-1), Illinois (8-0) and Drake 6-0 … freshman Kristin Lock leads the team with a .364 batting average with two runs, four hits and four RBI … sophomore Julia Hunter (.308) has three runs, four hits, four doubles and one RBI … another underclassman, freshman Micalla Rettinger is hitting at .286 with three runs, four hits, two doubles and three RBI …UIC holds a 3-7 record against UNI … the teams last met in 1996, where the Panthers won 6-2.




Michigan State holds a 1-3 record after competing in the Lead-Off Classic in DeLand, Fla. … the Spartans split decisions with Stetson, 4-1 and 6-1, respectively … Michigan State dropped 11-3 and 12-5 to South Carolina … senior Kylene Hopkins leads the team with a .571 batting average, with two runs, eight hits and two RBI … sophomore Ellie Stoffer is hitting at .400 with one run, four hits, including three doubles and three RBI … junior Sarah Bowling holds a .357 batting average with two runs, five hits, with one homerun and five RBI … UIC hold a 3-2 all-time edge over the Spartans … UIC most recently fell 11-3 to the Big Ten team during the 2012 season.


Host team Arizona State enters the tournament with a flawless 7-0 record after playing host to the Kajikawa Classic … the Sun Devils allowed only two runs in the initial seven games … Arizona State defeated Boise State (10-0), Bradley (3-0), Western Michigan (7-0), Kentucky (8-1), Indiana (8-0), Cal State Northridge (6-1) and New Mexico, 3-0 … sophomore Elizabeth Coporuscio has a .571 batting average with eight runs, 12 hits, including four doubles and a triple with four RBI … junior Cheyenne Coyle (.474) has compiled eight tuns, with nine hits, five homeruns and 10 RBI … senior Sam Parlich holds a .364 average with four runs, eight hits, one homerun and four RBI … sophomore Amber Freeman (.316) has four runs, six hits, including one double, three homeruns and six RBI … junior pitcher Dallas Escobedo is 4-0 and has blanked 39 batters … the Sun Devils hold a 2-0 record over UIC … the teams last met during the 2007 and Arizona State won 6-2.


Illinois State enters the Littlewood Classic with a 2-3 record … the Redbirds competed in the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas … the Redbirds dropped the opening three games to Sam Houston State (8-6), Baylor (5-0) and Northern Illinois, 3-1 … they later defeated Sam Houston State, 5-4 and Baylor 8-0 … the team is led by upperclassmen Nichelle Harrison (redshirt junior), Laura Canopy (junior) and Elizabeth Kay (senior) … Harrison holds a .313 average with two runs, five hits and one RBI … Canopy (.308) has five runs with four hits and two RBI … Kay (.278) has two runs, five hits, including one double and one homerun.


Junior Courtney Heeley returns home for the Littlewood Classic … Heeley was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 18 … Heeley was a four-sport athlete at Greenway High School in Glendale, Ariz. … in addition to softball, she played soccer, badminton and volleyball … Heeley is the youngest of five children … she has three sisters, Mary, Valerie and Natalie … she has one brother David “Buddy” … “Buddy” also lives in Chicago and can be found in the Second City scene, which has housed several big-name comedians such as John Candy, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey … Heeley is currently enrolled as a marketing major.


Loyola received 48 points and six first-place votes to secure the top spot in the poll. … UIC edged Valparaiso by two points to place the Crusaders third with 37 points and one first-place vote … Youngstown State and Green Bay claimed fourth (30 points) and fifth place (22), respectively … Cleveland State placed sixth with 20 points, while Wright State and Detroit rounded out the poll with 19 and 9 points, in that order.


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