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    Senior Cameron Astiazaran tallied two hits in the Flames' loss to UNLV on Thursday.
     
    Senior Cameron Astiazaran tallied two hits in the Flames' loss to UNLV on Thursday.
     
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    March 4, 2005

    Box Score

    Las Vegas, Nev. - The UIC softball team found little luck in its first day of competition at the 2005 Las Vegas Classic, falling in its tournament opener to #21 Oregon, 9-0 in five innings on Thursday, before dropping a 5-2 decision to host UNLV at Eller Media Stadium.

    The Flames are now 7-7 on the season and will have their work cut out for them tomorrow as they take on #25 Long Beach State and #11 Oklahoma in day-two action in the desert.

    Here is a look back at UIC's first day at the Las Vegas Classic.

    Game #1 - #21 Oregon 9, UIC 0 (5 inn.)

    UIC freshman pitcher Mercedes Lovato suffered her first collegiate loss on Thursday evening as the Flames got off on the wrong foot at the Las Vegas Classic with a 9-0, five-inning loss to #21 Oregon at Eller Media Stadium.

    Lovato (5-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of work in the circle.

    The Flames tallied just two hits off Ducks (9-6) hurler Amy Harris with sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby and freshman Nicole Robinson recording the team's knocks.

    Harris is now 4-2 this season.

    Oregon tallied two runs in the first inning on two hits and then tacked on another tally in the second for a 3-0 lead. The Ducks then broke things open in the fourth inning with four runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from Erin Goodell.

    Game #2 - UNLV 5, UIC 2

    UIC dropped its third straight decision and fell to 0-2 at the Las Vegas Classic on Thursday night with a 5-2 loss to tournament host UNLV at Eller Media Stadium.

    The Flames, who fell behind 5-0, tried to rally back in the final frame and even brought the tying run to the plate, but fell short in the three-run defeat.

    UIC (7-7) was unable to hold off the Rebels' one-two punch in the order in freshmen Marissa Nichols and Caitlyn Paus. The duo combined to go 4-for-7 at the plate with a home run and two RBI in UNLV's victory.

     

     

    The Flames countered with senior Cameron Astiazaran, sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby and rookie Brittany Dixon, as all three recorded multi-hit outings. It was not enough, though, with UIC plating just two runs in the contest.

    Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Jacoby plated junior Nicole Shepard on a fielder's choice for the team's first tally.

    In the seventh, the Flames loaded the bases with one out when Shepard made it a 5-2 game with a sacrifice fly.

    With runners on second and third, and the tying run at the plate, UNLV reliever Becky McDonald retired freshman Nicole Robinson to end the game.

    Starter Jacque Kerrigan earned the win, shutting the Flames out in her five innings of work to move to 9-7 this season.

    Junior Brittany McIntyre went the distance and was tagged with the loss for UIC, and is now 2-6 this season.