Softball Rallies To Edge Wisconsin, 5-4
April 6, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The comeback kids were at it again on Wednesday afternoon at Flames Field, as a trio of late-inning solo home runs helped the UIC softball team rally from two runs down to edge Wisconsin, 5-4, for its seventh straight win.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning seniors Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and Sara Hernandez hit solo blasts to tie the score and then sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby provided the game-winner with a solo homer in the sixth.
The win propelled the Flames to a season-high 10 games over .500 at 26-16. UIC has now won 18 of its last 19 games and 11 straight decisions at Flames Field dating back to last year.
Reliever Brittany McIntyre tossed three innings of scoreless relief for the Flames to earn her career-high tying 11th win of the season.
Wisconsin reliever Katie Layne was tagged with the loss, falling to 2-4 this year after surrendering two home runs and walking three in two innings.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Astiazaran put the Flames in front when she laced a two-run single off Badgers first baseman Katie Hnatyk. The single extended Astiazaran's hitting streak to a season-long 12 games.
Wisconsin jumped back ahead in the top of the fourth inning when Hnatyk launched a three-run homer over the leftfield wall. It was her second home run of the season and staked the Badgers to a 4-2 lead.
Astiazaran continued her offensive attack in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run, which cut Wisconsin's lead to 4-3. It was her career-best 10th homer of the season.
That blast chased Badger starter Eden Brock as Wisconsin summoned Layne from the bullpen. After retiring freshman Brittany Dixon via a groundout, Hernandez knotted the score with a solo home run to left.
McIntyre skirted her way out of a jam in the top of the sixth as the Badgers loaded the bases with no out. McIntyre induced Ricci Robben into a double play and got Joey Daniels to ground out to keep Wisconsin off the board.
Flames sophomore Jacoby then hit the team's third solo home run of the day in the bottom of the frame to give UIC a 5-4 lead. It was Jacoby's fifth home run this season.
The Flames will be back in action tomorrow when they travel across town to take on DePaul in Lincoln Park. First pitch of the afternoon doubleheader is set for 3:00 p.m.