Softball Runs Winning Streak to 11 With Doubleheader Sweep Of Elon|
March 23, 2005
Elon, N.C. - The UIC softball team finished its 2005 spring trip a perfect 11-0 after sweeping an afternoon doubleheader at Elon on Wednesday afternoon. The Flames shutout the Phoenix in the opener, 3-0, and then held off a late Elon rally for a 6-5 triumph in the nightcap.
UIC sits at 19-15 on the year after extending its winnings streak and will be off until March 30th when they travel to meet Indiana for a doubleheader in Bloomington, Ind. Elon is now 14-16 this year.
In the opener, junior pitcher Brittany McIntyre continued her dominance in the circle and the Flames pounded out 11 hits in the 3-0 victory.
McIntyre tossed her second shutout in as many starts, allowing just three hits in seven innings and facing only 25 batters as she moved to 8-7 on the year. The Orland Park, Ill., native is now 6-1 in her last eight starts.
Junior Nicole Shepard was one of four UIC players to tab multi-hit games, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Senior Cameron Astiazaran went 2-for-3 with her team-high 18th double while junior Joyce Cathey hit her career-high fourth home run of the season versus the Phoenix.
It was Cathey who put the Flames on the scoreboard first with a solo blast in the top of the second inning. Freshman Brittany Dixon (2-for-3) laced an RBI single later in the frame to put UIC ahead 2-0.
The Flames added their final tally in the sixth when senior Sara Hernandez singled home Dixon with two outs.
Megan Borgaard suffered the loss for Elon, falling to 2-5 this season.
In game two, the Phoenix owned a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the second inning when sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby, who went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI in the nightcap, hit a two-run homer to cut Elon's advantage to a single run.
Jacoby would tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth, plating Shepard with a single.
UIC pushed ahead in the fifth inning with three runs.
Astiazaran hit her team-best 19th double to lead off the inning and later scored on a single by Hernandez (2-for-4). Freshman Nicole Robinson made the score 5-3 with an RBI single before Jacoby drove in her fourth run on the game to give the Flames a three-run lead.
Starter Mercedes Lovato allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh to Elon, but the rookie shut the Phoenix down from there to earn her team-best 11th win of the season. Lovato worked all seven inning, surrendering five runs on nine hits.
Meredith Gay was tagged with the loss for Elon.