NORMAN, Okla. – UIC rallied late, edging the Omaha softball team 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex. The Mavericks are now 7-14 (0-0 Summit League) on the season, while the Flames improve to 10-9 (0-0 Horizon League).
Sophomore right-hander Laura Roecker (5-6) had a standout effort on the mound, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The win went to UIC reliever Jennah Speth (1-0), who throw 0.1 innings with two walks. Elaine Heflin earned her first save of the season.
Senior Lizzie Noble finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI.
Omaha and UIC were scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Mavericks put up their first run on a hit and a walk. Hailey Bartz drew a one-out walk and moved up a base on Noble’s single through the left side. The duo advanced on a passed ball, and then a fielder’s choice from senior Nicole Warren scored Bartz for a 1-0 advantage.
UNO’s lead held until the top of the fourth when UIC put together three hits to tie the game, 1-1. Kaleigh Nagle led off the inning with a single up the middle. The Flames strung together back-to-back two-out singles to load the bases, and then the tying run came home on a Tiana Mack-Miller walk.
UIC added to its lead in the top of the fifth, when Taylor Cains opened the inning with an infield hit and stole second. The Mavericks had retired the next two batters before Lexi Watts singled through the left side to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.
The Flames’ lead did not last long as Omaha struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bartz hit a one-out single to left center. Noble blasted a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to put the Mavericks in front 3-2.
UNO’s lead was short-lived as UIC plated two runs in the top of the sixth. Speth doubled to left field. A batter later, Kayla Wedl sent a 1-1 offering over the center field fence to put the Flames back in front, 4-3.
The Mavericks put runners in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to produce the game-tying score.
Omaha returns to action on Sunday, March 12, against UIC. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at the OU Softball Complex. Links to live stats is available on OMavs.com.