Softball Bounces Back With Doubleheader Sweep Of Bradley
April 1, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - In a pair of carbon-copy games, the UIC softball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Bradley on Thursday at Flames Field. UIC, which was out-hit 8-5 in each contest, took both games by a 2-1 margin.
The wins snapped a four-game losing streak for the Flames, who are now 13-18 on the season. Bradley dropped to 16-15 on the year with the two losses.
In game one, Joyce Cathey's (2-for-2) two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the second inning proved to be all the offense the Flames would need in a 2-1 triumph over the Braves.
UIC sophomore pitcher Brittany McIntyre (4-6) took care of the rest, limiting Bradley to just one unearned run as she went the distance to pick up her fourth win of the season. She scattered eight hits in seven innings, striking out four.
Bradley senior Kristy Brod was the tough-luck loser in game one. She fell to 6-4 on the year despite allowing just two runs on five hits and fanning four.
The Flames were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh when Laura Harms led off with a single and Stef Cheney followed by reaching on an error.
McIntyre shut the Braves down from there, though, fanning Brittany Mynsberge, then getting LizWilson and Angela Toures to ground out to end the game.
Mynsberge tallied Bradley's lone run with a groundout in the fifth inning.
The second game proved to be just the same as the first as senior Amanda Rivera put UIC on the board first, driving home a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the third inning.
In the nightcap, it was Flames senior pitcher Alycia Creese who kept the Braves' offense in check.
Bradley was held scoreless through the first five innings, but mounted a rally in the sixth and eventually scratched the scoreboard on an RBI single by Liz Wilson. With two runners on and just one out, though, Creese retired the next two batters to get out of the jam with a 2-1 lead.
Creese lasted until one out in the seventh when a one-out single by Christine Cooney chased her from the game. The Flames called upon Chelsey Barclay to close the door and the rookie did just that, retiring the next two batters for her first career save.
Creese picked up her first win of the season and is now 1-2 on the year. She allowed one run on eight hits while striking out five.
Brittany Dehler came up on the short end for the Braves, falling to 7-5 this season, despite allowing just two runs on five hits.
The Flames will be back in action this weekend as they open Horizon League play with a three-game series at Youngstown State. UIC opens the series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EST in Youngstown, Ohio.