Softball Posts 4-3, 10-Inning Triumph Over Wisconsin
April 6, 2004
Madison, Wis. - UIC sophomore Nicole Shepard spoiled Wisconsin's home opener on Tuesday evening as her RBI single in the top of the tenth gave the Flames a 4-3, extra-inning triumph over the Badgers at the Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex.
UIC has now won three straight games and sits at 14-18 on the year. Wisconsin drops to 19-18 with the loss.
With two outs and runners on first and third in the top of the tenth, Shepard, who was hitless in her previous four at-bats, laced a shot through the left side of the infield to score Sara Hernandez to break a 3-3 tie.
Hernandez opened the frame with a single off reliever Katie Layne and was pushed to third on a long single by Amanda Rivera (2-for-5).
Freshman Chelsey Barclay picked up the win in the circle for UIC after pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit while striking out one. She is now 3-4 on the year.
Layne was tagged with the loss and is now 9-8 this season.
The Flames were one out away from claiming victory in the bottom of the seventh, but Kaitlan Reiss delivered a two-out RBI single off reliever Brittany McIntyre to tie the score at 3-3 and send the game to extra innings.
After stranding runners in scoring position in the first two frames, UIC finally scratched the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning as junior Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-5) doubled home sophomore Joyce Cathey (3-for-4), who led off the inning with a triple to center.
The Flames made it 2-0 in the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of Badger errors.
In the top of the fifth, UIC mounted a two-out rally that resulted in the third run of the game. After the first two batters were retired, Sara Hernandez walked and then Amanda Rivera pushed her to third with a double to right.
That hit chased Wisconsin starter Sara Gonzales and brought in reliever Katie Layne.
Alycia Creese, who had already recorded two hits off Gonzales, made it three hits on the day and drove in her first run of the afternoon with an RBI single to center.
Senior pitcher Alison Aguilar had danced her way in and out of jams until the fifth when the Badgers finally capitalized with a pair of two-out runs on an RBI bloop single by Boo Gillette and an RBI double by Friedman.
Aguilar pitched five innings allowing two runs on seven hits.