Softball Splits Doubleheader At UW-Green Bay|
April 9, 2005
Green Bay, Wis. - The UIC softball team had its 18-game winning streak against Horizon League opponents snapped on Saturday afternoon as the Flames split a doubleheader at UW-Green Bay. UIC shutout the Phoenix 2-0 in the opener, but UW-Green Bay came back to edge the Flames 3-2 in the nightcap.
UIC is now 27-19 this season and 4-1 in the Horizon League. UW-Green Bay sits at 8-11, 1-1 in league play.
Ironically, the Phoenix were the last Horizon League squad to defeat the Flames, when they took game two of a doubleheader in a three-game series in Chicago last season.
The two teams will conclude their three-game set on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Phoenix Field.
In game one, junior Brittany McIntyre pitched her way in and out of numerous jams en route to her fifth shutout of the season and career-high 12th win this year.
The Orland Park, Ill., native scattered eight hits and fanned four while stranding seven Phoenix baserunners.
Sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby would add a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the Flames' final tally.
UW-Green Bay misfired on its three best scoring chances. A runner was called out at third in the first for leaving early when tagging up. A runner was picked off of third in the second and another was thrown out at second in the fifth with runners on first and third attempting a double steal.
Kristin Kosobucki was the tough-luck loser for UW-Green Bay, falling to 3-3 this season despite striking out 11 batters.
In the second game, solo home runs by Michelle Kaminski and Cori Thiermann proved to be the difference as UW-Green Bay slipped past the Flames.
UIC owned a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Kaminski homered off Flames starter Mercedes Lovato to even the score. Later in the frame, Anna Nieznanski laced a two-out RBI single through the infield to give the Phoenix its first lead of the day.
Senior Sara Hernandez got UIC right back in the game in the sixth with a long solo home run to leftfield. It was her fourth homer of the year.
Lovato surrendered her second home run of the day in the bottom of the frame, though, as Thiermann sent a 3-2 pitch over the fence.
The Flames attempted to mount a rally in the seventh as junior Michelle Miller led off with a single. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and later stood on third after the second misfire from pitcher Lisa Miessner, who was attempting to deliver an intentional walk to Astiazaran.
With runners on first and third with one out, Miessner fanned freshman Brittany Dixon for the second out. The Phoenix then intentionally walked Hernandez to load the bases.
Miessner ended the game when she got junior Nicole Shepard to roll into a fielder's choice. She is now 4-4 this season with the win.
Lovato dropped her second straight decision and now sits at 14-8 on the year.
Astiazaran singled in the fifth inning to extend her hitting streak to 16 games.