Softball Falls At 25th-Ranked Northwestern, 8-3
March 30, 2004
Evanston, Ill. - The UIC softball team kicked off a stretch of eight games over the next six days on a sour note, dropping an 8-3 decision to #25 Northwestern on Tuesday afternoon under frigid conditions at Sharon Drysdale Field.
The Flames (11-16), who are now 2-4 this season against ranked opponents, committed three errors which led to five unearned runs on the day while recording just four hits off Wildcat pitching.
Junior Cameron Astiazaran (1-for-3) had UIC's brightest offensive highlight with a solo, opposite-field home run into a gusting wind in the top of the seventh inning off Northwestern (15-8) reliever Courtnay Foster.
Eileen Canney picked up the win in the circle for the Wildcats to move to 8-2 on the year. She allowed just two hits while fanning five batters in four innings of work.
UIC sophomore Brittany McIntyre was tagged with the loss, dropping to 3-6 this season. She surrendered five runs, two earned, on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The Wildcats jumped on the board first in the bottom of the third inning, plating a trio of two-out, unearned runs. Garland Cooper delivered the decisive blow with a two-run double to center.
The Flames (11-16) answered back in the top of the third, though, trimming Northwestern's lead to a single run with a pair of their own.
UIC opened the frame with back-to-back singles by Sara Hernandez and Amanda Rivera. The Flames would tally their first run a batter later when a throwing error by Canney allowed Hernandez to score. Rookie Tonya Maosi plated the second run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Northwestern took control over the next three innings scoring five unanswered runs. The Wildcats tacked on two runs in both the third and the fourth off McIntyre, before scratching for a single tally in the sixth off reliever Alycia Creese.
The Flames tacked on a run in the top of the seventh inning on the solo shot from Astiazaran. It was her career-best fourth of the season.
UIC will look to snap its two-game losing streak tomorrow when it opens up its 2004 home schedule by welcoming Indiana to Flames Field for a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m.