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    April 12, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC softball team will hit the road to face the Crusaders of Valparaiso Saturday for a doubleheader and a single game Sunday, both contests begin at 1:00 p.m. (CT).

    SCOUTING THE FLAMES

    UIC holds an overall record of 13-19 (7-2 Horizon League) … the Flames most recently swept conference rival Detroit in a three-game series (5-1, 17-8, 19-3) … UIC took the series against Green Bay, 2-1, winning the first two games (9-1, 6-1) then losing the third (9-1) … Natalie Hernandez leads the team with a .395 batting average, with 45 hits in 114 at-bats … senior Melissa Preish and senior Coryn Schmit pace the team with four homeruns each … senior Devin Miller is 13-12 with a 2.94 ERA and has pitched 171.2 innings.

    SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS

    Valparaiso has a 20-17 record … the team is led by Brittany Duncan with a .363 batting average … she leads the team with four home runs, tying with Joylyn Ichiyama … Janelle Bouchard paces the team in RBIs with 29… Taylor Weissebhofer has a 2.78 ERA inside the circle with a 10-8 record … Sierra Pico has a 3.43 ERA with a 7-6 record from 67.1 innings.

    UIC VERSUS VALPARAISO IN 2012

    The Flames faced Valparaiso three times in 2012 … during the regular season UIC took the three-game series, 2-1 against the Crusaders in Chicago … the team lost the first game 7-3 in eight innings, then won 5-3 … on the final day UIC won 1-0 in nine innings … the two teams then met during the opening round of the Horizon League Championship in Valparaiso, where the Crusaders defeated UIC 3-0.

    NOTABLE HORIZON LEAGUE STATS

    The Flames are currently in first place in conference with a 7-2 conference record … followed by Loyola in second (4-2) and Valparaiso in third at 5-4 … UIC also leads the Horizon League in batting average with .316 … Valparaiso is in fourth with .266 … the Flames sit in seventh place with a 5.32 ERA … Valparaiso is in fifth with a 3.53 ERA.

    HERNANDEZ: HITTER OF THE WEEK

    For the second time in two weeks junior Natalie Hernandez has been selected as the Horizon League Hitter of the Week … Hernandez led the Flames to a 5-1 conference record on the week, notching two wins over Green Bay on April 3 (9-1 and 6-1), and sweeping Detroit on April 6 (5-1 and 17-8) and 7 (19-3) … in the six games, the shortstop hit at .609, going 14-for-23 … she went the yard with two homeruns against Detroit, her first two of the season … she notched a slugging percentage of .957 and collected eight RBI …Hernandez was selected as the League Hitter of the Week just two weeks ago on March 25.

    FOUR-STRAIGHT WEEKS OF HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS

    Junior Courtney Heeley led off the Horizon League weekly award winners for UIC as she was selected as the Hitter of the Week on March 18 … on March 25 Hernandez was selected as the Hitter of the Week, while Miller was named the Pitcher of the Week, along with Krystian DeWitt of Wright State … the next week on April 1, Miller then took sole possession of Pitcher of the Week, along with freshman Laura Swan being named the Hitter of the Week … Hernandez then again received recognition on April 8 again being named the Hitter of the Week.

    SCHEDULE UPDATE

    UIC will make up its game against Northwestern on May 1 at 6:00 p.m. … the game will still be played at Flames Field.

    LAST TIME OUT

    The Flames went 5-1 on the week (April 3-7), notching two wins over Green Bay on April 3 (9-1 and 6-1), and sweeping Detroit on April 6 (5-1 and 17-8) and 7 (19-3).

    --UIC—