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    March 28, 2013

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    CHICAGO – The UIC softball team welcomes Loyola for its conference and home opener Friday. The three-game series begins with a single game Friday at 3:00 p.m. (CT), followed by a doubleheader Saturday at Noon.

    SCOUTING THE FLAMES

    UIC is 6-17 on the season … Natalie Hernandez leads the team offensively with a .363 batting average … in 80 at-bats, she has 29 hits, nine runs and 10 RBI … Kara Komp is batting .347 with 26 hits … Hernandez and Preish have both earned 10 RBI … Senior Devin Miller has pitched 126.0 innings … she currently holds a 3.33 ERA and a 6-11 record.

    SCOUTING THE RAMBLERS

    Loyola has a 10-9 record … Lauren Zaworski has a .362 batting average … in 47 at-bats she has 17 hits, including four doubles and five runs … Brooke Andresen (.350) has 21 hits (seven doubles) and four RBI … Lauren Moore (.343) leads the team in RBI with 21 … Brittany Gardner is the top Rambler pitcher … she has a 2.15 ERA and a 4-4 record in 65 innings of work.

    UIC VERSUS LOYOLA IN 2012

    The Ramblers took the three-game series in 2012 … played on the Northside of Chicago in Rogers Park, Loyola defeated UIC 1-0 on April 11 … the Flames then won the second game of the series 6-3, before being edged 7-6 in eight innings during the final game.

    CONFERENCE PLAY UNDERWAY

    This will be the conference opener for both UIC and Loyola … the Flames were scheduled to play Green Bay on March 23-24, but due to weather the games were postponed and now set to be played Wednesday and Thursday (April 3 and 4) … the Ramblers were slated to face Youngstown State on the same dates, but they also had to postpone those games due to unusually cold temperatures in the Midwest.

    SCHEDULE UPDATE

    UIC will now face Green Bay April 3 and 4 … a doubleheader on Wednesday begins at 2:00 p.m. … there will be a single game Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

    WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS: HEELEY, HERNANDEZ AND MILLER

    Junior Courtney Heeley was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week on March 18 … the honor came after the left-fielder hit .444 with three RBI and a .778 slugging percentage at the Hoosier Classic, including a game-winning RBI … Junior Natalie Hernandez and senior Devin Miller were selected as the Horizon League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively on March 25 … Hernandez went 2-for-4 against Bradley on March 19, where she recorded a triple, the only player to record more than a base hit … Miller allowed just one run in eight innings of work … she blanked four batter and posted a .179 batting average against figure and a 0.62 ERA … she shared the honor with Wright State’s Krystian DeWitt.

    HORIZON LEAGUE PRESEASON PICK

    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.

    LAST TIME OUT

    UIC faced Bradley inside The Dome at the Ball Park in Rosemont, Ill. … the Braves edged UIC 1-0 in eight innings … the Flames out-hit Bradley 8-5 with Komp, Coryn Schmit and Hernandez posting two hits apiece.

    --UIC—