Softball Heads South For Saluki Invitational

March 8, 2013

CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (3-12) travels to Carbondale, Ill., for the two-day Saluki Invitational. The Flames begin the tournament against Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Noon (CT), followed by Belmont at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday UIC faces Wisconsin at 9:00 a.m. and Southern Illinois at 1:00 p.m.


The Last Meeting
Eastern Kentucky3
March 3, 2013
Clearwater, Fla.
UIC Softball Commands Colonels, 9-3
The UIC softball team (3-12) posted a season-high 16 hits, scoring in five of the six offensive innings to defeat Eastern Kentucky 9-3 during the final game of the USF Under Armour Invitational Sunday. Junior Natalie Hernandez paced the Flames with three hits.

UIC (3-12) is led by senior Kara Komp, who is hitting .391 with 18 hits, eight runs and one RBI … Courtney Heeley is hitting .344 with 11 hits and two RBI … Natalie Hernandez leads the team in RBI with 22, followed by Laura Swan and Melissa Preish with 21 … senior Devin Miller (3-6) has thrown 78.1 innings and has a 4.34 ERA … she has struck out 47 batters, 27 of them during the USF Under Armour Invitational.


Eastern Kentucky (9-5) are led by Melissa Costa with a .429 batting average with eight runs, 15 hits and four RBI … Raquel Howes is batting .370 with 11 runs, 17 hits, two homeruns and 12 RBI … Pittsenbarger (6-3) has a 1.95 ERA and in 50.1 innings pitched she has given up 38 hits, 18 runs and blanked 74 batters … the Flames defeated the Colonels at the USF Under Armour Invitational March 3 … recap of that game.




Belmont (6-7) has lost four of its last five games … during the Blue City Classic (Feb. 23-24) the team defeated Mississippi State, 4-3, but dropped to Missouri-Kansas City, 3-2 and Samford, 5-4 … Kat Hollingsworth leads Belmont with a .422 batting average, including 10 runs, 19 hits with eight doubles, one triple and a homerun … she has 12 RBI … Kimberly Johnson is hitting at a .417 average with four runs and 10 hits … she has one double and two triples, along with three RBI … Carolyn Snodgress has a 1.69 ERA in 29 innings pitched … she has given up 25 hits, 14 runs, has blanked 27 strikeouts.


Wisconsin (14-3) went on an 11-game winning streak … went 3-2 in the 2013 Easton Invitational (March 1-3) … they defeated Stanford 4-0, CSU-Bakersfield, 11-4 and Cal Poly, 2-1 … the Badgers lost to Cal State Fullerton, 6-4 and California 5-3 … Mary Massei is hitting at .492 with 19 runs, 30 hits (five doubles and one triple), along with four homeruns and 19 RBI … Maria Van Abel is hitting .382 with eight runs, 13 hits and two RBI … Cassandra Darrah (9-1) has a 1.23 ERA in 68.1 innings pitched with 61 hits, 16 runs and 54 strikeouts.


Southern Illinois (9-8) is on a three-game winning streak … the Salukis won both games in the Coach B Classic (March 3-4) against Butler, 9-0 and Northern Illinois, 12-4 … Southern Illinois won its final game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 24) against Hofstra, 7-5 … Morgan Barchan leads the Salukis with a .420 batting average with 12 runs, 21 hits (two doubles), one homerun and five RBI … Jayna Spivey is hitting .348 with 11 runs, 16 hits (three doubles), four homeruns and 15 RBI … Brittney Lang (6-4) has a 3.46 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched … she has two saves, given up 70 hits and 45 runs, while notching 39 strikeouts.


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