Softball's Winning Streak Halted At DePaul
April 7, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team had its seven-game winning streak halted on Thursday afternoon at DePaul as the Blue Demons swept a doubleheader from the Flames at Wish Field. DePaul rallied from a run down in the sixth to take the opener, 6-5, and carried that momentum over to game two with a 9-1, six-inning triumph over UIC.
The Flames slipped back to 26-18 on the season with the two losses while the Blue Demons are now 18-11 this year.
UIC senior Cameron Astiazaran did extend her season-long hitting streak to 14 games. She was 2-for-4 with a home run in the twinbill while also garnering a pair of intentional walks.
In game one, the Flames rallied from two runs down in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, only to have DePaul battle back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame and then hold on for a 6-5 victory.
The Blue Demons capitalized on a pair of UIC errors in the sixth, eventually tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Sara Bandauski before pulling ahead when Jenny Doezie scored on a passed ball.
DePaul brought in hard-throwing Tracie Adix to relieve starter Megan Huitink in the seventh and she promptly retired three straight UIC batters for her first save of the season.
Huitink picked up the win, moving to 7-8 on the year. She allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings.
Flames junior Brittany McIntyre was the losing pitcher after surrendering six runs, five earned. She is now 11-9 this season.
Astiazaran got UIC off on the right foot in game one with her career-high 11th home run of the year to lead off the game. Freshman Nicole Robinson would give the Flames a 2-0 lead later in the first when she plated rookie Brittany Dixon with a sacrifice fly.
DePaul took the lead right back in the bottom of the first with three runs on two hits. Senior Saskia Roberson drove in the first tally before a two-run homer by Sara Polensky gave the Blue Demons a 3-2 lead.
The score was 4-2 DePaul in the sixth when UIC rallied to take the lead. Junior Joyce Cathey, who was 3-for-3 in game one, doubled home Robinson for the Flames' first run and then two batters later Dixon laced a two-run single to put UIC ahead, 5-4.
Game two was all DePaul as the Blue Demons made UIC pay dearly for a pair of errors in a 9-1, five-inning victory.
Adix, who starter the second contest for DePaul, tamed the Flames' offense, allowing just one unearned run on two hits for her 11th win of the year. She was perfect through the first three innings before Astiazaran led off the fourth with a single.
Freshman Mercedes Lovato was tagged with her first loss since March 13th, falling to 14-7 after surrendering five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Flames trailed DePaul 2-0 in the bottom of the third when with one out Polensky hit what looked to be a tailor-made double play ball. Shortstop Cathey could not secure the initial throw from pitcher Lovato, though, which opened the flood gates to a five-run inning from the Blue Demons.
Jessica Evans followed with a three-run homer off Lovato, which chased the freshman from the game.
Reliever Lauren Brennan could not stop the bleeding as two more runs scored in the inning as DePaul took a 7-0 lead.
The Flames scratched for their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Brennan.
The Blue Demons tacked on two more in the bottom half of the frame and then closed UIC out in order in the top of the fifth to win the game by run rule.
The Flames will be back in action this weekend when they open a three-game series at UW-Green Bay on Saturday.