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Flames softball falls to Phoenix in series finale
Contributing Writer: Alexis Castanos
The University of Illinois Flames lost against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix 9-1 on April 4 at Flames Field.
Flames pitcher Bridget Boyle was brought in during the top of the fourth inning to try and throw off the Green Bay Phoenix offense, but the team could not defend against the already leading Green Bay.
“We wanted to make sure they didn’t get too used to and too comfortable with a team,” starting pitcher Devin Miller said. “After a team’s seen a pitcher so many times, they get used to how they throw. They mixed someone else in there to help throw them off of their game a little bit.”
The new pitcher Boyle wasn’t enough however and Green Bay added to their lead in the top of the fourth by scoring five runs.
The Phoenix started off the inning with a solo homerun by infielder Alyssa Johnson out to centerfield. Then in the same inning, the team got a triple off of a hit down the third base line by Green Bay infielder Danielle Peerenboom.
While Green Bay was making the runs, they were also keeping the Flames at bay. Green Bay pitcher Brianna Cavin fended off the Flames for all five innings, only allowing one run while she was on the mound.
The Flames got their one run during the bottom of the second, off of a bunt by Cyndi Becker. UIC infielder Laura Swan scored on the play.
“We knew Green Bay was going to come out tough, it’s hard to beat a team three times and we have kind of gone back and forth with our series in the past,” Head Coach of the Flames Michelle Venturella said. “I expected them to come out just as they did. Our mindset was honestly to use the momentum that we had from the first two games and to really do our best to win the third game.”
The Flames could not get the sweep despite sweeping the double header on April 3 against the Phoenix 9-1 and 6-1, respectively.
Unlike yesterday, there did seem an apparent difference to some Flame’s players in Green Bay’s momentum and defense.
“I thought they played a lot better defense today,” said Flames’ infielder Jenna Marsalli for the entire game. “We didn’t get a lot of extra chances, and their line-up was pretty tough.”
Green Bay finished with one error while the Flames committed four.
“We all do a pretty good job at picking each other up when things don’t go our way,” Miller said.
The UIC Flames will resume conference play on April 6 in a doubleheader against the University of Detroit Mercy Titans at Noon, followed by a single game on April 7 at noon.