Softball Drops Heart-Breaker To Purdue, 3-2
March 5, 2004
Clearwater, Fla. - The UIC softball team fell to 2-2 in pool play at the 2004 Speedline Invitational with its second straight one-run loss, 3-2, to Purdue at the EC Moore Complex on Friday night.
The Flames (5-12) led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh versus the Boilermakers, but Purdue rallied off starter Chelsey Barclay for two runs with two outs in the final frame to pull out the victory.
Barclay was the tough-luck loser, dropping to 0-3 on the year after allowing just three runs on eight hits while straiking out a career-best six.
The Boilermakers tied the scored in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double, but Barclay settled down and shut down Purdue over the next five innings.
In the top of the seventh, the Flames grabbed the lead back with a two-out, run-scoring single from senior Alycia Creese.
Barclay walked the lead-off batter in the bottom of the seventh. Then after a Purdue sacrifice and a pop out, an RBI single, a stolen base and another single spelled defeat for UIC.
The Flames will look to finish pool play on a positive note and move into the elimination round on Saturday when they take on Mississippi.