Softball Picks Up First Win Of 2004 In Day One Action At Rebel/Easton Invitational|
Feb. 15, 2004
Oxford, Miss. - The UIC softball team notched its first win of the 2004 season on Saturday evening with a 3-1 triumph over Indiana State, as the Flames went 1-2 in opening-day action at the 2004 Rebel/Easton Invitational hosted by the University of Mississippi.
UIC (1-7) started the day with a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Southern Illinois, then dropped an 11-1, five-inning decision to Tulsa in the second game.
In the Flames' win, senior Alison Aguilar (1-1) had her best outing of the season in the circle, scattering four hits in seven innings, striking out eight while not allowing an earned run.
She was helped on the offensive end by junior Cameron Astiazaran. The former prep teammate of Aguilar's went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored versus the Sycamores. Sophomore Joyce Cathey, who had her 11-game hitting streak snapped earlier in the day, also recorded two hits for UIC.
The Flames jumped on the board first versus Indiana State with a pair of runs in the third inning. After the Sycamores cut the lead in half with a tally in the fifth, UIC tacked on an important insurace run in the sixth en route to the win.
In Saturday's opener, the Flames battled in-state rival Southern Illinois tough, but came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision.
Sophomore hurler Brittany McIntyre dropped to 0-3 on the year with loss, despite not allowing an earned run in her seven innings in the circle.
The Salukis notched both of their runs in the third inning. UIC battled back with a run of its own in the fourth on an RBI single by Cathey. The Flames then put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, but could not bring home the game-tying tally as Sara Hernandez and Amanda Rivera both grounded out to end the game.
Astiazaran has two hits in the game to lead the Flames' offensive efforts. Rookie Tonya Maosi collected a hit in her first collegiate game.
Game two on Saturday for the Flames felt like they had run into a Hurricane as Tulsa rolled to an 11-1, five-inning victory.
THe Golden Hurrican posted three runs in the first inning on a three-run homer by Kelly Miller off UIC starter Chelsey Barclay (0-2) and never looked back.
UIC will conclude play at the Rebel/Easton Invitational on Sunday as they take on UT-Martin and host Ole Miss.