Softball Remains Undefeated At Wolfpack Challenge With Two More Wins

Senior Cameron Astiazaran homered twice and tabbed three doubles in the Flames' two wins on Saturday.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran homered twice and tabbed three doubles in the Flames' two wins on Saturday.

March 20, 2005

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Raleigh, N.C. - The UIC softball team remained undefeated at the 2005 Wolfpack challenge, running its winning streak to four games and advancing to the tournament's quarterfinal round with an 8-0, six-inning victory over UNC Wilmington and a 6-5 come-from-behind triumph over St. John's on Saturday afternoon.

The Flames, now 12-15 on the year, finished first in Pool 3 with their victory over the Seahawks and then advanced in bracket play by edging the Red Storm. UIC will now meet Akron tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. CST in the tournament quarterfinals.

Senior Cameron Astiazaran led UIC at the plate on Saturday, going 5-for-8 with two home runs and three doubles. Freshman Mercedes Lovato, meanwhile, picked up the win in the circle in both games for the Flames.

Versus UNC Wilmington, Astiazaran laced a trio of doubles while junior Joyce Cathey and sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby hit home runs in UIC's 8-0, run-rule victory.

The Flames got on the board first with a run in the first on an RBI double by Sara Hernandez.

UIC then tallied three more runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Cathey.

Jacoby made it 5-0 in the fifth with a solo blast, before the Flames tacked on three more runs in the sixth with freshman Nicole Robinson finally ending the game with a run-scoring single.

Lovato pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits to pick up the win.

In UIC's first game of elimination play versus St. John's, the Flames needed a pair of home runs from Astiazaran, a three-run shot by Robinson and a clutch RBI double from freshman Brittany Dixon to rally for a 6-5 victory.



Trailing 4-1 heading into the fourth inning, Robinson tied the game with her three-run homer.

The Red Storm took the lead back in the bottom of the inning, but Astiazaran quickly leveled the score in the fifth with her second solo home run of the game.

The score remained knotted until the sixth when Dixon delivered a two-out RBI double to put UIC ahead to stay, 6-5.

Lovato earned the win, tossing two innings of shutout relief.