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    March 5, 2004

    Box Score

    Clearwater, Fla. - The UIC softball team suffered its first setback of the 2004 Speedline Invitational, dropping a hard-fought 5-4 decision to #22 South Florida on Friday afternoon at the E.C. Moore Complex.

    With the loss, the Flames (5-11) are now 2-1 in pool play while the Bulls (20-5) remain undefeated at 3-0.

    UIC trailed 3-2 in the fourth inning when junior Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-3) hit a two-run homer, her second of the season, to stake the Flames to a one-run lead.

    That would last until the fifth when South Florida rallied off UIC reliever Alison Aguilar (3-3), who was tagged with the loss, for two runs on four hits.

    The Flames tried to battle back in the seventh as Amanda Rivera (2-for-3) opened the frame with a double down the right field line. USF ace Leigh Ann Ellis (14-5), who picked up the win, would shut the door on any UIC comeback hopes, though, retiring the next two batters then ending the game on a pop up by sophomore Meghan Gallagher.

    UIC owned a 2-0 lead after the first inning on Friday on an RBI groundout by Rivera and an RBI single off the bat of freshman Tonya Maosi.

    South Florida answered back in the second, chasing starter Brittany McIntyre with three runs in the frame.

    The Flames will be back in action later this evening as they battle Purdue in pool play.