Softball Runs Winning Streak To Three Games with Two Victories On Saturday At USD Invite

Senior Cameron Astiazaran went 5-for-7 with two RBI on Saturday.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran went 5-for-7 with two RBI on Saturday.

Feb. 27, 2005

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San Diego, Calif. - The UIC softball team ran its winning streak to three games on Saturday with a pair of victories in second-day action at the USD Invite. The Flames edged St. John's in the opener, 4-3, and then outlasted UC-Riverside, 5-2, in their final contest of the evening.

UIC is now 7-4 overall this season and 3-1 at the USD Invite. The Flames conclude play in the tournament tomorrow morning when they take on UC-Riverside.

For the second straight day, UIC was paced by the bat of senior Cameron Astiazaran and the arm of freshman Mercedes Lovato.

Astiazaran went 5-for-7 at the dish with a pair of doubles, a triple and two RBI. She is now batting .472 on the year with seven two-baggers and seven RBI.

Lovato, meanwhile, remained perfect in the circle this season as she now boasts a 5-0 record and a team-low 1.80 ERA.

Freshman Nicole Robinson also got in on the act on Saturday for the Flames, going 4-for-6 at the plate to push her season average over .400 this season.

Here is a look back at UIC's two games on Saturday.

Game #3 - UIC 4, St. John's 3

Junior pitcher Brittany McIntyre picked up her second win of the season and freshman Lauren Brennan recorded her first save as the Flames held off St. John's for a 4-3 victory at the USD Invite.

Senior Cameron Astiazaran and freshmen Nicole Robinson and Brittany Dixon were UIC's three most potent offensive threats with the trio combining to go 6-for-9 at the plate with a pair of RBI.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, two Red Storm errors helped UIC take the lead back, before Robinson made it a 3-1 Flames lead with a two-out, run-scoring single.



St. John's trimmed UIC's lead back to 3-2 in the top of the second, but as they seemingly have done all year, the Flames answered right back with a tally in the bottom of the frame on a double by Astiazaran.

The Red Storm, once again, made it a one-run game in the top of the third inning, but McIntyre and later reliever Brennan allowed St. John's just four hits the rest of the way to give the Flames the win.

McIntyre is now 2-4 on the year.

Game #4 - UIC 5, UC-Riverside 2

Freshman pitcher Mercedes Lovato moved to 5-0 on the year and senior Cameron Astiazaran remained red-hot at the plate as the Flames pounded out 11 hits in a 5-2 win over UC-Riverside at the USD Invite.

The Flames have now won three straight games heading into tomorrow's tournament finale rematch with the Highlanders.

Lovato allowed just two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work to remain undefeated this season.

Astiazaran was 3-for-4 at the plate with her team-high seventh double of the year. Junior Nicole Shepard and freshmen Nicole Robinson and Lauren Brennan also had two hits apiece for the Flames.

For the second straight contest, UIC fell behind early as UC-Riverside plated a run in the first.

The Flames took the lead back in the top of the second, scoring their first run on a Highlander error, before Astiazaran made the score 2-1 with an RBI double.

Robinson put UIC ahead, 3-1, in the third inning with a sacrifice fly.

UC-Riverside cut the Flames advantage to 3-2 in the fourth and the score remained the same until UIC added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Brennan delivered the decisive blow with a two-run double.