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    Senior Cameron Astiazaran led off  the game on Friday with a home run.
     
    Senior Cameron Astiazaran led off the game on Friday with a home run.
     
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    March 11, 2005

    Box Score

    Clearwater, Fla. - The UIC softball team used a pair of first inning home runs to snap its eight-game losing streak on Friday afternoon with an 8-4 triumph over Buffalo in Pool IV action at the 2005 Speedline Invitational.

    The Flames are now 8-12 on the year and 1-2 this weekend.

    UIC will conclude pool play on Saturday afternoon by taking on UMass, before advancing to elimination play later in the evening.

    Senior Cameron Astiazaran helped the Flames get off on the right foot on Friday as she led off the game with her first home run of the season. Later in the inning, sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby gave UIC a 4-0 lead with a three-run homer off Bulls starter Sophie Barstad. It was her first home run of the season.

    Buffalo cut the Flames' lead in half in top of the third inning with a pair of runs off UIC starter Brittany McIntyre.

    The Flames answered right back in the bottom of the frame, though, with a run of their own to take a 5-2 lead.

    The Bulls cut into UIC's lead, once again, in the fifth, pulling within a single run with a pair of tallies.

    The Flames would plate three more runs in the sixth and then reliever Mercedes Lovato shut down the Buffalo the rest of the way to preserve the win.

    McIntyre earned the win in the circle, her third of the year.