Softball's Tough Luck Continues In Las Vegas With 8-5 Loss To #14 Washington
March 5, 2005
Las Vegas, Nev. - For the second straight game, the UIC softball team matched one of the nation's top teams hit-for-hit in the early innings, but for the second straight time its opponent proved to be to much in the end as #14 Washington outlasted the Flames on Saturday for an 8-5 victory at Eller Media Field.
UIC has now lost six straight games and sits at 7-10 on the year. The Huskies are now 11-5 this season.
Reliever Lauren Brennan was tagged with the loss, the first of her career, for the Flames. The rookie allowed three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Brennan spelled starter Brittany McIntyre, who did not record an out before being removed. She walked the first two batters in the bottom of the first inning and then surrendered a three-run homer to Washington standout Kristin Rivera, which quickly erased UIC's 2-0 lead.
Trailing 3-2, UIC tied the game in the top of the second inning when senior Cameron Astiazaran (3-for-3, RBI) singled to plate junior Joyce Cathey (2-for-3, RBI), who made it all the way home after an error by the Huskies left fielder.
The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the fifth when Washington struck for three runs for a 6-3 lead.
The Flames rallied back for the second time, though, plating two runs of their own in the top of the sixth. Cathey and Astiazaran delivered the run-scoring knocks for UIC in the frame to cut the Huskies' lead to 6-5.
Washington was able to finally put the Flames away in the bottom of the sixth when they scored two more runs off UIC's third pitcher of the day, freshman Mercedes Lovato.
The Flames, who finished the Las Vegas Classic at 0-5, will be back in action on Thursday, March 10th, when they begin play at the 2005 Speedline Invitational.