Feb. 19, 2012
MIAMI, Fla. - The Providence College softball team earned its first win of the season on Sunday, February 19 with a 9-8 triumph in eight innings against Illinois-Chicago in the final game of the FIU Blue & Gold Memorial Tournament. The Friars broke a 7-7 tie with two runs in the eighth inning and held for the win.
The Friars (1-4) trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but a two-run double by freshman Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) in the second inning, a two-run single by sophomore Kaitlyn Duval (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and a sacrifice fly by freshman Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) in the third inning helped the Friars to a 5-1 lead. The Flames (4-6) scored four times in the sixth inning to tie that game at 5-5. Melissa Preish capped off the inning with a three-run home run.
The Friars regained the lead (7-5) in the seventh inning as junior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) and Luttrell each drove in one run. The Flames rallied again in the bottom half of the inning with two runs to tie the game at 7-7. In the eighth inning, senior Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) and Duval drove in one run as the Friars led, 9-7. UIC responded with a run in the bottom half of the eighth, but the Friars held on for the win.
Abrams finished with three hits and three runs, while Duval and Luttrell had two hits and two RBIs. Freshman Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) earned the win in the pitcher's circle.
The Friars are back in action on Saturday, March 3 when they face Fairfield and Towson in Towson, Md.
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