Softball Hosts Wright State for Three-Game Series

Senior Jacki Fletcher leads the Horizon League with a .446 batting average.
Senior Jacki Fletcher leads the Horizon League with a .446 batting average.

April 4, 2014

CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (6-14, 1-1 HL) will host its first series of the season at Flames Field this weekend as it welcomes in Wright State (7-20, 3-1 HL). The Flames will honor their alumni and the 1994 Women’s College World Series team prior to their doubleheader at noon CT on Saturday and will hold Lori Macias Day, in conjunction with the FLAMEingo Drive, on Sunday with a single game at noon.

The Last Meeting
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May 9, 2013
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Softball Drops To Wright State, 1-0
Junior Natalie Hernandez paced the Flames as she was the lone UIC member to compile a multi-hit game. Top-seeded UIC dropped 1-0 to No. 5 Wright State Thursday at Flames Field. The team will now face third-seeded Valparaiso at 4:30 p.m., on Thursday.

Due to construction on Granderson Stadium, fans are asked to use the east entrance by the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts, located just southwest of West Maxwell and South Halsted on South Campus Parkway. Nearby paid parking is available at the Maxwell Street Parking Garage, 701 West Maxwell.

UIC will make a quick turnaround after facing No. 24 Northwestern on Wednesday. The Flames fell 14-7 after the Wildcats scored 12 runs in the first inning. Senior Jacki Fletcher homered twice in the game, while freshman Elaine Heflin came on in relief to go 5.2 innings and strike out seven batters.

Fletcher currently leads the Horizon League with a bolstering .446 batting average on 25 hits and has UIC’s best on-base percentage at .523. Senior Natalie Hernandez additionally has 25 hits on the season and is hitting .379 with a .636 slugging percentage.

On the mound, sophomore Bridget Boyle is 3-4 with a 4.64 ERA, while Heflin owns a 5.73 ERA through 40.1 innings with 41 strikeouts and sophomore Alice Fitzpatrick has a 6.20 ERA in 29.1 innings.

Wright State enters into competition after splitting its doubleheader with Bowling Green on Wednesday (April 2). Since beginning conference play, the Raiders have swept Oakland and gone 1-1 against Green Bay.

Jess Gorman is heading Wright State’s offense this season with a .329 average on 26 hits, eight doubles, four triples and three home runs for a .646 slugging percentage. Libby Pfeffer and Angie Clark are both hitting .297, as Pfeffer has the second-most RBI on the team with nine behind Becka Peterson’s 10.

Krystian DeWitt has gotten the start for the Raiders 14 times and holds a 4-7 record on the season with a 3.88 ERA while splitting time in the circle with Montana Wear, who is 3-12 with a 5.08 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 91.0 innings.

The Flames own the all-time series with a 50-14 advantage after sweeping the Raiders in last season’s series before dropping a close 1-0 game in the Horizon League tournament.