UIC Prepares For Northwestern
April 30, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC softball team welcomes the Wildcats of Northwestern Wednesday for a make-up game that was originally scheduled for April 1. The game will be played at Flames Field and first pitch is at 6:00 p.m. (CT).
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
UIC has a .500 overall record at 21-21 with a 14-4 Horizon League record … the team is tied for first place in the League with Loyola … Natalie Hernandez leads the team offensively with a .382 batting average … in 152 at-bats, she has 58 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, two homeruns and 21 RBI … Coryn Schmit leads the team in RBI with 30 and is tied with Melissa Preish for first in homeruns with five … senior pitcher Devin Miller has a 20-14 record with a 3.54 ERA … she has pitched 227.2 innings and has blanked 176 batters.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern holds a 28-18 record and are 12-7 in Big Ten play … Amy Letourneau holds a .376 average and leads the team offensively … in 133 at-bats, she has 50 hits, including nine homeruns … Marisa Bast paces the team with 11 homers … Letourneau also leads the team inside the circle with a 19-10 record and 2.29 ERA … she has pitched 186.2 innings and has struck out 253 batters.
Eileen Canney Linnehan AT NORTHWESTERN
Canney was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 … she is a four-time all-Big Ten and NFCA all-Mideast Regional selection … in 2006, Canney helped the Wildcats to a second-place finish at the Women’s College World Series … that season she was selected to the all-tournament team, while also being named an All-American and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year … Canney then returned Northwestern to the World Series again in 2007 for a third-place finish … she was again named an All-American and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, in addition to being named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List.
UIC VERSUS NORTHWESTERN IN 2012
UIC faced the Wildcats on March 28 at Drysdale Field in Evanston, Ill. … the Wildcats defeated the Flames 7-2 … the Flames collected their two runs in the top of the seventh inning … Courtney Heeley led the team with two hits and one RBI.
HORIZON LEAGUE STANDINGS
The Flames have a 14-4 Horizon League record and are tied for first place with Loyola … Cleveland State is in third place with a 9-7 record, followed closely by Valparaiso in fourth place, 9-8 … Wright State is in fifth place at 9-9 … Youngstown State is in sixth place (8-10) … Green Bay is in seventh place and Detroit is in eighth place with 5-12 and 2-16, respectively.
KOMP NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Senior Kara Komp was selected as the March Scholar-Athlete of the Month … she is a member of UIC’s Honors College as an urban planning major, where she holds a flawless 4.0 in her field of study … Dean’s List member from 2009-13 … during the month of March, Komp hit .407 … in 54 appearances at the plate, she tallied 22 hits and scored 11 runs.
UIC’S HORIZON LEAGUE WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
The Flames have collected six Horizon League awards this season … on March 18 Courtney Heeley was named the Player of the Week, while Miller earned Pitcher of the Week honors … on April 3, Laura Swan was selected as the Player of the Week and Miller as the Horizon League pitcher … Natalie Hernandez then received recognition on April 8 as the Player of the Week … Miller then notched her third Pitcher of the Week honor this season on April 22.
LAST TIME OUT
UIC most recently held its Breast Cancer Awareness weekend (April 27-28) against Youngstown State … the Flames split decisions in the doubleheader Saturday, winning the first game 5-1, before dropping 6-5 in eight innings during the second contest … UIC then won the series 2-1 with a 3-2 win Sunday.