Softball Splits Wild Doubleheader With San Jose State
March 23, 2004
San Jose, Calif. - It was a wild twin-bill for the UIC softball team at San Jose State on Tuesday as the Flames rallied for a 5-4, nine-inning triumph in game one, before dropping a back-and-forth 13-9 decision in game two, which was called after six innings due to darkness at SJSU Field.
With the split, UIC returns home with a record of 11-15 and winners of six if its last eight games.
In game one versus the Spartans, UIC tallied a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning, then held off a late SJSU rally for the 5-4 victory in a game that last two hours and 37 minutes.
Sophomore Joyce Cathey (2-for-3, 2 RBI) tallied the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly with rookie Tonya Maosi, who tabbed a career-high three hits in the contest, also scoring on the play after a Spartan error.
Senior Alison Aguilar allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, but held on for her team-best sixth win of the season after tossing 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief.
Sophomore Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-5, 2 RBI) staked the Flames to an early lead as she led off the game with a solo home run, her third blast of the season. She then came back with an RBI single in the second inning, staking UIC to a 2-0 lead.
The Flames went up 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Cathey, but San Jose State rallied back with a single run in the bottom of the fourth then two more in the sixth to send the game to extra frames.
Game two of the doubleheader saw just about everything, including six lead changes and a field record for runs scored all before the game was called due to darkness with San Jose State taking home a 13-9 victory.
The 13 runs scored were the most ever by a team at SJSU Field.
UIC enjoyed the early lead in the second game, owning a 4-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning when the Spartans rallied with four runs to pull ahead, 5-4.
The Flames came back in their next at-bat, though, as RBIs from Sara Hernandez (2-for-3, 4 RBI) and Amanda Rivera put UIC in front, 6-5.
After SJSU stormed back ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, it seemed as if the Flames had struck the final blow with three runs in the top of the sixth on RBIs from Hernandez, Nicole Shepard and Elizabeth Jacoby.
The Spartans would not be denied in this game, roaring back in the bottom of the frame with six runs for the 13-9 lead.
Following the San Jose State's at-bat in the sixth, the game was called due to darkness.
Aguilar (6-5), who won game one in relief, was not so fortunate in game two, taking the loss despite allowing just two earned runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.
SJSU plated nine total unearned runs in the game.
Astiazaran continued her hot hitting with three more hits in game two, giving her five on the afternoon.