Softball Pushes Winning Streak To Six With Doubleheader Sweep At Bradley
April 5, 2005
Peoria, Ill. - UIC senior Cameron Astiazaran enjoyed a career day at the plate and the Flames extended their winning streak to six with a doubleheader sweep of host Bradley at Laura Bradley Park on Tuesday afternoon. UIC edged the Braves 3-2 in the opener and then rolled to an 11-1, six-inning victory in the nightcap.
The Flames, who have now won 17 of their last 18 games, moved to 25-16 on the season while Bradley dipped to 9-16.
Astiazaran was a one-woman wrecking crew at the plate for UIC, going 6-for-7 in the twin-bill with two home runs and four RBI. The Horizon League leader in every offensive category tied the school single-game hit record in the first game, going 4-for-4 with four singles. She then tied the school single-game home run record with two homers in the nightcap.
It was the second time in her career Astiazaran has tied the single-game hit record and the third time she has recorded a multi-homer game.
In game one, freshman Lauren Brennan notched her first collegiate win in the circle and drove in all three runs with a bases clearing double in the first as the Flames slipped past Bradley, 3-2.
Making her first start since March 12th, Brennan went the distance for the Flames, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out three. She is now 1-2 on the year.
The Orland Park, Ill., native accounted for all of UIC's scoring with a bases loaded double down the leftfield line in the top of the first inning which plated all three runners for a 3-0 Flames lead.
Owning a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the fourth, Brennan found herself in a jam with the bases loaded and no outs. The right-hander was able to escape the frame without any damage, though, retiring the next three batters on two groundouts and a strikeout.
Bradley would cut into the Flames' lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when pinch hitter Shayna Bradford laced a two-out, RBI single to left.
That would be as close as the Braves would get, though, as Brennan avoided further trouble in the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh to close out the game.
UIC has now won its last eight one-run decisions.
Brittany Dehler was the losing pitcher for Bradley, tossing all seven innings and falling to 5-6 this season.
In game two, Astiazaran turned her hitting from small ball to long ball with her third career multi-homer game in an 11-1 victory for UIC in six innings.
The senior hit a three-run shot in the second and a solo blast in the fourth, giving her a team-high nine home runs this season. Junior Joyce Cathey also added to the Flames homer parade with a three-run shot in the sixth, her career-high sixth this season.
Bradley pitchers had allowed just three home runs all season entering today's game.
Junior Brittany McIntyre picked up her 10th win of the season in the circle for the Flames, working six innings while allowing one run on seven hits.
The Braves jumped on the scoreboard in the opening frame when a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joanna Pettit scored Trish Kowalewski for a 1-0 lead.
Astiazaran out UIC back in front 3-1 in the second with three-run homer to center. It was her fifth hit of the day and extended her hitting streak to a season-long 11 games.
The Flames went up 5-1 in the third, plating the first tally on an error by Braves shortstop Kowalewski and the second on a groundout by junior Michelle Miller.
Astiazaran homered for the second straight at bat with a solo blast in the fourth for a 6-1 UIC lead.
Freshman Brittany Dixon made the score 8-1 in the fifth with a two-run single and then Cathey added the final runs with a three-run homer in the sixth.
Rebecca Bishop was the losing pitcher for the Braves, falling to 3-6 on the year.
The Flames will be back in action tomorrow when they return home to take on Wisconsin in a single game at 5:00 p.m.