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    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.

    The Last Meeting
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    April 28, 2012
    Youngstown, OH
    UIC Splits Decisions With Penguins
    The Flames posted 14 hits in the first contest, followed by 12 in the second game as the team closed its final road series with Youngstown State, defeating the Penguins 11-8, followed by a 9-7 loss Sunday at McCune Park in Youngstown, Ohio.

    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 MillerLaura 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.

    FLAMEingo DRIVE

    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.

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