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    Jan. 31, 2004

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    Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UIC softball team was unable to notch its first win of the 2004 season on Saturday, dropping a pair of decisions at the 3rd Annual UCSB Early Bird Tournament. The Flames (0-4) opened the day with a 3-0 loss to Oregon State, before falling 7-1 to Santa Clara later in the afternoon.

    UIC will wrap up action at the tournament tomorrow morning when they play host UC-Santa Barbara.

    In the opener, freshman pitcher Chelsey Barclay was solid in her Flames debut, but was unable to bring home the victory, allowing three runs on five hits in six innnings of work.

    Barclay allowed single runs in the first, third and fourth innings, all on RBI singles by the Beavers.

    The Flames offense, which was shutout for the second time this year, totaled six hits on the day. Senior Alycia Creese continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3 for UIC. She set the table for the Flames' two best rally attempts, leading off the second and fifth innings with singles. UIC had runners on first and second with nobody out on both occasions, but were unable to plate a run.

    The nightcap was all Santa Clara as Jessica Clee belted a pair of home runs for the Broncos in a 7-1 victory.

    The decisive blow came in the bottom of the first inning when Clee blasted a three-run shot off Creese, who was making her first start of the year.

    The Flames' lone tally came in the top of the second inning when senior Amanda Rivera, who went 2-for-3 in the game, blasted a solo home run. It was her second homer of the season.