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    Softball Wins Horizon League Opener Over Youngstown State, 3-2
     

     
    Freshman Nicole Robinson drove in the game-winning run with a single in the third inning versus Youngstown State.
     
    Freshman Nicole Robinson drove in the game-winning run with a single in the third inning versus Youngstown State.
     
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    April 2, 2005

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - Freshman Nicole Robinson's two-out RBI single in the bottom of third inning proved to be the game-winner as UIC edged Youngstown State, 3-2, in the first contest of a three-game set this weekend at Flames Field.

    The Flames are now 21-16, 1-0 in Horizon League play with the win while the Penguins fall to 11-14, 1-2.

    Junior pitcher Brittany McIntyre out-dueled Youngstown State hurler Kelly Murphy to earn her ninth victory.

    McIntyre allowed two runs on six hits while fanning five in seven innings to move to 9-8 on the year.

    Murphy, meanwhile, was the tough-luck loser, surrendering three runs on seven hits. She retired the last nine batters she faced.

    UIC got on the board right away, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning off Murphy.

    Senior Cameron Astiazaran led off the frame with a single and then back-to-back RBI doubles by freshman Brittany Dixon and senior Sara Hernandez gave the Flames a 2-0 lead.

    Youngstown State knotted the score in the top of the third on a run-scoring single by Sara Berry and an RBI groundout by Sarah Conklin.

    UIC took the lead back in the bottom of the frame on a two-out single by rookie Robinson, which plated junior Nicole Shepard from second base.

    Game two of the series is set for this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.