Penguins And Flamingos Flock To Flames Field
April 26, 2013
CHICAGO – The first-place Horizon League UIC softball team faces No. 5 Youngstown State in a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at Flames Field. Saturday’s first pitch is set for Noon (CT), while Sunday’s game is at 11:00 a.m. Saturday’s doubleheader is a breast cancer awareness day, where the Flames will distribute flamingos as part of their FLAMEingo Drive.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
UIC holds a 19-20 overall record, along with a 12-3 record in the Horizon League, which places the team in first place … senior Kara Komp is batting .402 … in 127 at-bats, she has 51 hits, including five doubles and one homerun … Coryn Schmit leads the team in RBI with 30, followed by Jacki Fletcher and Laura Swan with 25 … Miller has a 3.55 ERA and 19-13 record ... in 216.2 innings of work, she has 169 strikeouts.
SCOUTING THE PENGUINS
Youngstown State has a 13-20 record (7-8 Horizon League) … the team is led by Jordan Macy with a .378 batting average in 33 games … Vicky Rumph and Sarah Ingalls pace the team with four homeruns, followed by Kelly Stowe with three … Rumph also leads the team in RBI with 29… Casey Crozier has a 2.48 ERA inside the circle with an 11-6 record.
THE LAST 10 GAMES
UIC has won nine of its last 10 games … six Flames are batting over .300; Komp (.514), Melissa Preish (.486), Natalie Hernandez (.400), Schmit (.394) … Fletcher (.353) and Swan (.300) … Miller is 9-1 with a 1.61 ERA … she is averaging .984 strikeouts per inning with 60 in 61 innings … her batting against average is .192.
MILLER NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK … AGAIN
For the third time this season, senior Devin Miller was selected as the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week … the honor comes on the coattails of a 3-0 weekend against Wright State … Miller compiled a 0.35 ERA and allowed just one earned run in 20 innings of work. She blanked 16 batters and allowed only one extra base hit … watch Miller’s interview with Kyle Binder from the Horizon League here.
UIC VERSUS YOUNGSTOWN STATE IN 2012
UIC faced Youngstown State twice during the 2012 season … while in Youngstown, the teams split the series with UIC taking the first game on April 28 and Youngstown taking the second game on April 29 … UIC won 11-8 and then lost 9-7.
HORIZON LEAGUE STANDINGS
The Flames are currently in first place in conference with a 12-3 conference record … Loyola is in second place at 11-4 … Cleveland State is in third place with a 8-6 record, trailed closely by Valparaiso at 8-7 … Youngstown State sits in fifth with a 7-8 record … followed by Wright State in sixth (6-9), Green Bay in seventh (5-9) and Detroit in eighth (2-13).
THE FINAL STRETCH
UIC leads the Horizon League with a 12-3 record … following the Youngstown State series, the Flames have one more weekend of conference play against Cleveland State (May 4-5) … Loyola is one game back in second place with an 11-4 record … the Ramblers face Green Bay this weekend (April 27-28) and Wright State in their final conference outing … if in the next six games, the Flames drop to 11-4, they would still play host to the Horizon League Championship as a result of the tie-breaker rule as UIC won two of the three games against Loyola during the March 29-30 series.
NOTABLE HORIZON LEAGUE STATS
UIC is currently in first in batting average with a .315 … the Flames also lead the league in hits with 317, with 19 more than second place Valparaiso (298) … Hernandez and Komp are in first and second in hitting with 53 and 49, respectively … Miller sits in first in both wins and strikeouts with 18 and 161, respectively.
UIC’S HORIZON LEAGUE WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
The Flames have collected six Horizon League awards this season … the honors started with Courtney Heeley on March 18, along with Devin Miller … Laura Swan and Miller won the honor for the week of April 3 … Natalie Hernandez received recognition on April 8, being named the Player of the Week … Miller was most recently named Pitcher of the Week on April 22.
The softball team is closing in on its final days of the FLAMEingo Drive … the team has raised approximately $3,195 from collecting donations at various athletic events and $1,610 through the use of the online donation site … the Flames are still $890 short of their online goal … help the softball team achieve their $2,500 set goal and raise awareness of cancer, please click HERE to donate.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC most recently swept the Wright State Raiders … the Flames opened with 1-0 and 8-1 victories over the Raiders on April 20 … the Flames then blanked Wright State 8-0 in six innings to close the series … Swan had five hits and four RBIs on the weekend, while Hernandez had four hits and three runs.