Softball Entertains Detroit in Three-Game Series

Junior Paige Peterson has improved her batting average to .441 over the last six games.
Junior Paige Peterson has improved her batting average to .441 over the last six games.

April 17, 2014

The Last Meeting
April 7, 2013
Detroit, Mich.
UIC Sweeps Detroit; Records 18 Hits In Series Finale
The UIC softball team collected 18 hits for the second-straight game to defeat Detroit 19-3 in five innings at the Buysse Ballpark. Dana Capocci recorded a grand slam to right-center field during the first inning in only her seventh at-bat as a Flame

CHICAGO – The UIC softball team (10-19, 4-5 HL) welcomes Detroit (4-32, 0-6 HL) to Flames Field for a three-game series beginning on Friday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. CT and a single game on Saturday at noon. The Flames will additionally honor their four seniors on Saturday for Senior Day.

UIC is back at Flames Field, where it is 4-1 this season, after dropping four games on the road to Youngstown State and Cleveland State (April 12-14). The Penguins claimed the series with 3-2, 4-2 and 4-3 wins before the Vikings took a 5-1 win. Junior Paige Peterson tallied a hit in each game and went 8-for-13 (.615), as seniors Natalie Hernandez and Jacki Fletcher each had five hits with a .357 average.

Through the Flames 29 games this season, Fletcher owns the best batting average at .442, followed closely by Peterson (.441) and Hernandez (.433). Hernandez leads with the most hits (42), home runs (7) and RBI (28) and the best slugging percentage (.753).

On the mound for UIC, sophomore Bridget Boyle is 5-7 after starting 14 games and pitching 84.0 innings to own a 4.92 ERA with 41 strikeouts, while sophomore Alice Fitzpatrick has two wins with eight starts in 51.0 innings pitched for a 5.08 ERA.

Detroit has lost 11 of its last 12 games and enters into competition after dropping two games to Bowling Green on Wednesday (April 16). The Flames are 51-4 in the all-time series and went 3-0 against the Titans for the series sweep last season.

Kayla Kostich boasts the best batting average among all starters with .327 and the most hits with 32. Katelyn Steffel is hitting 25-for-86 (.291) on the season followed by Kat Hoffman (.286) and Christa McGahuey (.258) with 24 hits apiece, while McGahuey owns six home runs, 14 RBI and a .495 slugging percentage.

Hoffman is additionally Detroit’s leading pitcher, with a 9.32 ERA in 85.0 innings, 13 starts, a 3-12 record and 38 strikeouts. Julia Maksym has also spent time on the mound, going 75.0 innings with a 9.60 ERA in 16 starts and a 1-12 record.