Softball Drops A Pair On Saturday At Speedline Invite|
March 13, 2005
Clearwater, Fla. - The UIC softball team dropped both its games on Saturday at the 2005 Speedline Invitational. The Flames lost their final game of pool play, 4-2, to Massachusetts and were then edged, 2-1, in the opening round of tournament competition by Tennessee Tech.
The Flames (8-14) will play one more consolation game at the Speedline Invite, taking on Long Island on Sunday morning.
UIC concluded Pool IV play with a 1-3 record after falling 4-2 to UMass.
Barb LaFaogg picked up the win for the Minutewomen, tossing seven inning while allowing just one earned run and striking out six.
Freshman Mercedes Lovato was tagged with the loss in relief. She surrendered two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the third inning, the Flames rallied to tie the game. Rookie Brittany Dixon drove in the first run with a single and then a UMass error allowed the second tally to cross the plate.
The Minutewomen would come right back, though, with a single run in the bottom of the frame and then added an insurance run in the fifth for the final 4-2 margin.
UIC moved on to Bracket D in tournament action on Saturday evening and ran into the hot right hand of Tennessee Tech hurler Bonnie Bynum.
The sophomore limited the Flames to just one hit and fanned five as the Golden Eagles pulled out a 2-1 victory.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran tallied UIC's lone hit with a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was her second homer of the season.
Tennessee Tech did all the damage they would need to do with two outs in the bottom of the first inning as senior Kacy Bennett hit a two-run homer off Flames starter Brittany McIntyre.
The long ball spoiled an otherwise stellar outing for McIntyre (3-7), who held the Golden Eagles to just three hits while striking out a season-high six batters.