Softball Bounces Back With 8-5 Win Over Georgia Southern
Feb. 18, 2005
Statesboro, Ga. - The UIC softball team flexed its offensive muscle on Friday evening versus tournament host Georgia Southern as the Flames rapped out a season-best 11 hits in an 8-5 triumph over the Eagles.
The Flames leveled their record at 1-1 on the year with the win and are now 1-1 at the Georgia Southern Invitational. The Eagles dropped to 3-7 with the loss.
Reigning Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Elizabeth Jacoby led way for UIC. The sophomore catcher went 2-for-4 with a pair of key doubles and three RBI.
She was one of five Flames with at least two hits in the contest as senior Sara Hernandez (2-for-3, RBI), junior Michelle Miller (2-for-3), junior Brittany McIntyre (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and rookie Nikki Rogers (2-for-3, 2 RBI) all joined the multi-hit parade.
Freshman Mercedes Lovato picked up the victory in her UIC debut in the circle. She went the distance, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four.
The Flames got the best of Georgia Southern ace Logan Free (2-2), who surrendered eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
UIC capitalized on Free's early control problems, turning four first-inning walks into a trio of runs. Jacoby scratched the scoreboard first for the Flames with a two-run double. Rogers would plate the third run of the frame with a bases loaded walk.
Georgia Southern pulled within 3-2 in the top of the third inning on Robyne Siligia's two-run homer.
Rogers helped UIC answer that tally in the bottom of the frame with a two-out, RBI single which plated Hernandez, who had led off the inning with a double.
The Eagles, once again, crept back into the game via the long ball as a solo homer in the top of the fourth cut the Flames' lead to 4-3.
UIC delivered the knockout blow in the bottom of the frame with a two-out rally that led to four Flames' runs.
Hernandez came through with the key hit with a run-scoring single to centerfield. Jacoby followed with her second RBI double of the game and then McIntyre capped the rally with a two-run single to right field.
Lovato would keep the Eagles at bay in the fifth and sixth innings, before a two-run homer by Aurora Johnson in the top of the seventh pulled Georgia Southern to within three runs, 8-5. Lovato settled down, though, and retired the next three batters for her first career victory.
UIC will wrap up pool play at the GSU Invitational tomorrow afternoon with contests versus Mercer and Charleston Southern.