Softball Wins Horizon League Opener Over Youngstown State, 3-2|
April 2, 2005
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.
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.