Softball Edges Loyola, 3-2, In First Game Of Doubleheader
April 10, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Behind a pair of strong pitching efforts, the UIC softball team earned its fifth straight win with a 3-2 triumph over Loyola in game two of a three-game series at Flames Field.
The Flames are now 16-18 on the year and 2-0 in Horizon League action while the Ramblers fall to 15-19 and 5-3 in league play.
UIC freshman Chelsey Barclay started and tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs while striking out a career-high nine batters. She leveled her record at 4-4 on the year with the win.
Senior Alycia Creese entered in the top of the seventh with the tying run on second and slammed the door on any Loyola rally hopes by retiring the next two batters for her first save of the year.
Ramblers sophomore Lindsey LaChiana picked up her first loss in league play and is now 10-9 overall. She surrendered just three runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings or work.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Flames tied the game on a clutch, two-out single by Nicole Shepard.
UIC pushed its advantage to 3-1 in the fifth with a pair of unearned runs, capitalizing on a trio of Loyola errors in the frame.
The Ramblers cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Beck Marx.
Flames junior Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-3) extended her career-best hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the first inning.