Softball Splits First Two Games At USD Invite

Freshman Mercedes Lovato picked up her fourth win of the season on Friday versus San Diego.
Freshman Mercedes Lovato picked up her fourth win of the season on Friday versus San Diego.

Feb. 25, 2005

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San Diego, Calif. - The UIC softball team split its two games in first-day action at the USD Invite on Friday evening, falling in the opener, 5-2, to Nevada, before shutting out tournament host San Diego in the nightcap, 6-0.

The Flames are now 5-4 on the season and will be back in action tomorrow when they take on St. John's and UC-Riverside.

Here is a look back at UIC's two games from day one at the USD Invite

Game #1 - Nevada 5, UIC 2

UIC pounded out 12 hits, but left a season-high 10 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to Nevada in its opening game of the USD Invite in San Diego, Calif., on Friday afternoon.

The Wolfpack (3-7), meanwhile, turned eight hits into five runs while handing Flames starter Brittany McIntyre her fourth loss of the year.

It was Nevada starter Candice Rainwater that did most of the damage for the Wolfpack. Not only did she pitch her way in and out of jams in the circle, but she went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a back-breaking two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning.

Senior Cameron Astiazaran led the way for UIC (4-4), going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Senior Sara Hernandez and junior Nicole Shepard also recorded multi-hit outings for the Flames.

Rainwater delivered her key two-run blow in the top of the sixth with Nevada already holding a 1-0 lead.

The Flames would make the score 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by rookie Lauren Brennan, but the Wolfpack tacked on two more tallies in the top of the seventh for a 5-1 lead.

UIC trimmed Nevada's advantage to 5-2 in its final at-bat on a run-scoring single by Elizabeth Jacoby.



The Flames even brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but Rainwater induced a game-ending groundout off the bat of Brennan to douse any UIC rally hopes.

Game #2 - UIC 6, San Diego 0

Freshman pitcher Mercedes Lovato remained undefeated this season, tossing her first career shutout as UIC rolled past tournament host San Diego on Friday evening at the USD Invite.

Lovato, now 4-0 on the year, allowed just four hits in her seven innings in the circle while striking out one and walking none. Her ERA is now a team-low 1.75.

The Flames (5-4) gave Lovato all the run support she would need in the top of the second inning with three runs on an RBI single by freshman Nikki Rogers and a two-run triple off the bat of Cameron Astiazaran.

After UIC added two unearned runs in the fourth, the Flames tacked on their sixth and final tally in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by freshman Nicole Robinson, who was 2-for-4 at the plate in the game.

The Toreros dropped to 2-5 on the year with the loss.