Softball Takes Series Opener From Loyola In Slugfest, 13-9

Sophomore Nicole Shepard drove in four runs versus Loyola on Thursday.
Sophomore Nicole Shepard drove in four runs versus Loyola on Thursday.

April 8, 2004

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team notched its fourth straight win while striking first blood in a key three-game series with Horizon League rival Loyola on Thursday afternoon as the Flames out-slugged the Ramblers 13-9 at Flames Field.

The 13 runs scored was a season-high for UIC, which moved to 15-18 overall and 1-0 in league action. Loyola has now lost three straight and sits at 5-2 versus league foes and 15-18 overall.

Senior Alycia Creese and sophomore Nicole Shepard paced the Flames' offensive attack on Thursday. Creese went 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored while Shepard went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a career-best four RBI.

Sophomore Brittany McIntyre picked up the win in relief for UIC, improving her record to 5-6 this season. The Orland Park, Ill., native allowed just one unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Loyola's Mia Pangere was tagged with the loss in relief, surrendering nine runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. She is now 4-9 this season.

Trailing 1-0 on Thursday, the Flames struck for four runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning.

Shepard delivered the key blow with a two-run double to centerfield, scoring Amanda Rivera and Creese. Shepard would later score on an error by Loyola shortstop Keilah Williams. The Flames capped their scoring on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Cameron Astiazaran.

Loyola cut into UIC's lead with two runs in the top of the third, but Creese got both of them back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer to right field off Pangere. It was her first homer of the season

The Flames' 6-3 lead didn't last long as the Ramblers struck for five runs off starter Alison Aguilar in the top of the fourth inning for an 8-6 advantage. Becky Marx and Alison Scanlin both had RBI knocks in the rally, while Tricia Oberhaus also drove in a pair with a single.



UIC took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs for a 10-8 advantage. Shepard drove in a pair with her second double of the day while Astiazaran extended her career-best hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single.

Loyola chipped away with one in the sixth, but the Flames broke it open in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, three-run triple by sophomore Joyce Cathey.

The Flames and Ramblers will continue their series on Saturday with a doubleheader slated for 1:00 p.m.