NIU Softball Team Falls to UIC



April 18, 2012

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CHICAGO - The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 6-1 defeat to UIC in a non-conference match up at Flames Field Wednesday.

"UIC did a good job today," said NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard. "They played sound defense and dominated us. We couldn't find a way to get them out in the big situations."

The Huskie (18-24, 6-6) offense was held to three hits on the day, while the Flames pounded out nine.

Northern Illinois took a 1-0 lead when Bryanna Phelan (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) stole home on a double steal in the top of the third. UIC (19-22) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, scoring both runs with two outs to take a 2-1 advantage.

NIU had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead in the fifth inning putting runners at first and second with one out. However a strikeout and a groundout ended the threat. In the bottom of the sixth, the Flames broke the game wide open scoring four runs to take a 6-1 lead.

The Huskies return to action Friday when NIU travels to Ohio to resume Mid-American Conference play. Northern Illinois faces Ohio in a doubleheader Friday before heading to Akron for a weekend set with the Zips. First pitch for Game One of Friday's doubleheader is set for 12 p.m. Central Time and fans can follow the action live, via GameTracker, at