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    Softball Opens Speedline Invitational With 7-5 Win Over Long Island
     

     
    Sophomore Brittany McIntyre drove in three runs in UIC's win over Long Island on Thursday.
     
    Sophomore Brittany McIntyre drove in three runs in UIC's win over Long Island on Thursday.
     
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    March 4, 2004

    Box Score

    Clearwater, Fla. - Sophomore Brittany McIntyre drove in a career-high three runs on Thursday morning to lead the UIC softball team to a 7-5 victory over Long Island University in the opening game of the 2004 Speedline Invitational at the EC Moore Complex.

    McIntyre went 2-for-3 at the plate versus the Blackbirds (0-6), delivering an RBI single in the fourth inning and a two-run single in the fifth.

    Senior Alison Aguilar picked up the win in the circle for the Flames (4-10), going the distance while allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits to move to 3-2 on the year.

    The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when junior Sara Hernandez opened the frame with a walk. Senior Amanda Rivera followed and broke the game open with a two-run homer, her team-high fourth of the season. Rivera's blast puts her just one shy of the UIC career home run record (35).

    The Flames were not done scoring in the fourth as McIntyre laced a single to score pinch-runner Kathleen Mixan.

    Long Island cut into UIC's lead in the top of the fifth inning, plating a pair of unearned runs on an error by shortstop Joyce Cathey.

    The Flames would get those two back and more in the bottom of the fifth, though, as two-run singles by Alycia Creese (2-for-4) and McIntyre stake UIC to a 7-2 lead.

    LIU wouldn't go away, scoring three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the Flames' advantage to 7-5, but Aguilar would retire the Blackbirds in order in the seventh to preserve the victory.

    UIC, now 1-0 in pool play, will take on Mercer later this afternoon.