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    Rookie Nicole Shepard tallied the Flames lone RBI on Sunday at Stanford.
     
    Rookie Nicole Shepard tallied the Flames lone RBI on Sunday at Stanford.
     
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    March 23, 2003

    Box Score

    Stanford, Calif.- The UIC softball team ended its eight-game California road trip on a sour note, dropping both games of a doubleheader to #12 Stanford on Sunday at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.

    The Cardinal shutout the Flames 5-0 in the opener, then took the second game, 6-1.

    UIC finished its road trip with a 3-5 record and now sits at 7-21 overall on the year.

    In game one, Stanford tabbed timely hits off Flames starter Brittany McIntyre, then received a stellar outing in the circle from junior Dana Sorensen and senior Maureen LeCocq to earn the victory.

    The Cardinal got on the board in the second inning as Catalina Morris capped a two-out rally with a two-run triple for a 2-0 Stanford lead.

    That wouldn't be all the two-out magic the Cardinal would display on Sunday, though, as they tallied single runs in the third and the fifth innings with two outs.

    McIntyre (4-9), who was tagged with the loss, pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, four of which were earned.

    Sorensen and LeCocq combined for the complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits.

    Game two was more of the same for Stanford, as they rode solo home runs in the first and second innings to a 6-1 triumph.

    Kira Ching went deep in the first for the Cardinal, then Morris staked Stanford to a 2-0 lead in the second with a home run. Both homers came off UIC starter Alison Aguilar (2-9), who lasted three innings and was tagged with the loss.

    The Flames finally broke through on the scoreboard in the sixth inning of game two on an RBI single by Nicole Shepard.

    Sophomore Cameron Astiazaran went 2-for-3 for UIC in the second game.

    The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday, March 26, when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue. The doubleheader with the Boilermakers is set for 1:00 p.m.