Softball Falls Short In Season Opener To #7 Tennessee, 2-0
Feb. 18, 2005
Statesboro, Ga. - The UIC softball team battled to the very end against one of the top teams and best pitchers in the country in its season opener on Friday afternoon, but fell just short in a 2-0 loss to #7 Tennessee in the opening game of the Georgia Southern Invitational.
The Lady Vols (9-0) were paced by the pitching of reigning USA Softball National Player of the Week, Monica Abbott. Abbott, who picked up her sixth win of the year, tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 12.
Flames junior pitcher Brittany McIntyre, who was tagged with the loss, did her best to match the All-American, allowing just two runs on seven hits in six innings in the circle.
Tennessee wasted little time getting on the board, striking for a run in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Kristi Durant. The score remained 1-0 until the fourth when Ashley Cline (2-for-3) took McIntyre's first pitch out of the park for her first career home run.
UIC (0-1) tried to rally in the top of the seventh as senior Cameron Astiazaran laced a double to lead off the frame. Abbott avoided any further damage, though, retiring the next three batters to end the game.
The contest was a rematch of the two team's memorable showdown in last season's NCAA Regional Championship won by the Flames, 6-5.
UIC will be back in action later this afternoon as they take on tournament host Georgia Southern.