Softball Topples UC-Santa Barbara, Falls To Nationally Ranked Stanford at Stanford Round Robin Tournament|
March 20, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - The UIC softball team went 1-1 on Saturday at the Stanford Round Robin Tournament, opening with a 4-3 triumph over UC-Santa Barbara, before dropping a 3-0 decision to the host #10 Cardinal in the nightcap at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Flames are now 8-14 on the year while the loss to Stanford snapped a season-best three-game winning streak.
Versus the Cardinal, it was a competitive battle between pitchers Brittany McIntyre and Laura Severson as the two combined to allow just eight hits.
Stanford was able to scratch the scoreboard for single runs in the first, third and fifth off McIntyre, though, which proved to be more than enough for Severson. The Cardinal sophomore surrened just two hits in the contest, both to junior Sara Hernandez and picked up the shutout to move to 7-2 in the circle this season.
McIntyre suffered her first loss in her last five outings to drop to 3-5 on the year.
In the opening game of the day, UIC rallied back for a 4-3 victory over UCSB in eight innings.
The Flames fell behind in the top of the first inning as an error by right fielder Nicole Shepard allowed two runs to score.
UIC battled back and eventually tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run single by junior Cameron Astiazaran.
The score remained 2-2 until the top of the eighth inning when under international tie-breaker rules the Gauchos plated a run on a sacrifice fly.
The Flames answered back, once again, in the bottom of the inning. UIC had runners on first and third with one out when a chopper off the bat of Nicole Shepard bounded off the UCSB second baseman and into right field which allowed the tying and winning runs to score.
Senior Alison Aguilar, who did not allow an earned run in eight innings of work, picked up the win to even her record at 4-4 on the year.
UIC will be back in action tomorrow as they take on both Stanford and UCSB in the final day of the Stanford Round Robin Tournament.