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    Rivera's Three Homers, Astiazaran's Five Doubles And A Home Run Pace Softball To Doubleheader Sweep Of Butler
     

     
    Senior Amanda Rivera belted a pair of home runs in the seventh inning of game one versus Butler.
     
    Senior Amanda Rivera belted a pair of home runs in the seventh inning of game one versus Butler.
     
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    April 12, 2004

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    Indianapolis, Ind. - Junior Cameron Astiazaran and senior Amanda Rivera paced an offensive explosion for the UIC softball team on Monday afternoon as the Flames totaled 25 runs on 24 hits, 16 of the extra-base variety, in a doubleheader sweep of host Butler at Varsity Field.

    UIC (19-18, 5-0), which has now won eight straight games, used a nine-run seventh inning to take game one, 16-6, and then pounded out a 9-2 triumph in a six-inning, darkness shortened nightcap versus the Bulldogs (9-24, 4-6).

    Astiazaran had a career day for the Flames, going 6-for-9 at the plate with five doubles, a home run and seven RBI.

    UIC's leadoff hitter roped a trio of two-baggers and tied her career-high with four RBI in the opener, before going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a two-run homer in game two. Astiazaran, who is on a 14-game hitting streak, has now tallied a team-high 16 doubles this season while leading the team with a .421 batting average.

    Rivera was not to be outdone by her counterpart on Monday, blasting a trio of homers in the twinbill, finishing the day 4-for-8 at the plate with six RBI.

    The Redondo Beach, Calif., native made UIC history in the seventh inning of game one with two homers in the frame. She launched a solo blast to centerfield with one out in the frame and then came back later in the inning with a two-run shot to center. She came back in her second at-bat of game two with a three-run opposite field blast. The UIC career home run leader now owns a team-high 10 homers this season.

    In game one, UIC capitalized on numerous Butler errors to earn a 16-6 victory. The Flames plated 13 unearned runs on six Bulldogs miscues.

    Rookie pitcher Chelsey Barclay picked up the win in relief for the Flames to move her record to 5-4 this season. She allowed just one run on two hits in 4-plus innings of work.

     

     

    UIC trailed 1-0 until the third inning when the Flames erupted for six runs. Two-run doubles Astiazaran and Nicole Shepard, as well as a solo home run by Sara Hernandez highlighted the rally.

    Butler closed the gap with four unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning, which chased UIC starter Alison Aguilar from the game.

    The Flames led just 7-6 heading into the top of the seventh inning when the flood gates opened behind a pair of home runs from Rivera and run-scoring hits from Joyce Cathey and Astiazaran. All in all, UIC scored nine runs on five hits in the frame to cruise to the 16-6 final tally.

    Game two saw the Flames fall behind by a 2-0 margin as Butler tallied single runs in the first and second inning off starter Brittany McIntyre.

    Rivera got the UIC offense going in the top of the third inning, though, with a three-run blast to right field for her third homer in her last four at-bats.

    Rivera's offense was contagious as the Flames went on to tally a pair of runs in each of their next three at-bats.

    Astiazaran launched her fifth homer, a two-run blast, in the fifth while back-to-back RBI knocks from Shepard and Elizabeth Jacoby (3-for-4, RBI) highlighted the sixth inning.

    The game was called due to darkness after Butler's at-bat in the sixth.

    McIntyre picked up the win for UIC, going the distance en route to her seventh win of the year.