Softball Posts Two More Wins, Including A 3-2 Triumph Over No. 10 Stanford
March 21, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - UIC has been playing its best softball of the season of late and showed it on the field on Sunday at the Stanford Round Robin Tournament with a pair of victories, including an impressive 3-2 triumph over the #10 Cardinal at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Flames, who started the year 0-7, have now won five of their last six games and sit at 10-14 on the season. UIC also now has two wins over top 25 teams to its credit this season.
Senior Amanda Rivera highlighted the day for the Flames on Sunday, homering in each of UIC's wins to break the school career home run record. Rivera passed former All-American Stefanie Christoferson as she how owns 38 career home runs.
The Flames started the day with a 3-1 triumph over UC-Santa Barbara. The victory evened the season series with the Gauchos at 2-2.
UIC got on the board in the top of the first inning as back-to-back RBI doubles by Sara Hernandez (2-for-4) and Rivera (2-for-4) staked the Flames to a 2-0 lead.
That advantage would grow to 3-0 in the third inning when Rivera launched a solo home run. That blast was her team-high fifth of the season and tied the UIC career home run record at 37.
UCSB tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth, but that is all rookie hurler Chelsey Barclay would allow as she shut the Gauchos down en route to her second win of the season.
Versus Stanford, Rivera delivered the decisive blow with a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to break open a scoreless affair. It was Rivera's second homer of the day and sixth of the season. She also etched her name in UIC history, breaking the career home run record as Rivera now has 38 career homers.
Rivera's shot proved to be all the offense the Flames would need, as senior Alison Aguilar was masterful in the circle. Aguilar scattered six hits and allowed two runs, one earned, to pick up her fifth win of the season.
Stanford's Laura Severson, who shut out UIC on just two hits yesterday, was tagged with the loss, falling to 7-3 on the year.
UIC will look to continue its strong play on Tuesday, wrapping up its spring trip with a doubleheader at San Jose State.