Alycia Creese Pushes Softball Past Notre Dame, 4-3, In 10 Innings
April 15, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. - Senior Alycia Creese helped the UIC softball team put an exclamation point on its recent hot play as the Flames registered a 4-3, extra-inning triumph over Notre Dame at Ivy Field on Thursday evening.
The Flames, who tallied their first-ever victory at Ivy Field, have now won nine-straight games and sit at 20-18 on the year. The Irish, meanwhile, fall to 32-13 this season.
Creese proved to be a one-woman wrecking crew for UIC on Thursday. The Covina, Calif., native not only picked up the win in the circle with a stellar 3 2/3 innings of relief work, but delivered the game-winning hit with a single to right field in the top of the tenth inning.
Creese, who went 2-for-4 on the day at the plate, fanned a season-high six batters in the circle and is now 2-2 this season.
She out-dueled fellow Irish reliever Carrie Wisen, who was tagged with her first loss of the year after allowing just one run on five hits in five-plus innings.
Under international tie-breaker rules, UIC started with a runner on second base and pinch runner Jessica Reusnow would advance to third on a wild pitch. After Amanda Rivera grounded out to short, Creese came through with an RBI single to give the Flames a 4-3 lead.
The Irish did not go quietly in the bottom of the 10th as with two outs Nicole deFau grounded the ball to short that was bobbled by Joyce Cathey. Runner Carissa Jacquish, who was on second, never stopped running and was eventually gunned down at the plate by Cathey for the final out.
UIC fell behind early as the Irish plated single runs in each of the first two innings off starter Alison Aguilar. Meagan Ruthrauff delivered a two-out RBI double in the first and then Nicole Wicks came through with a run-scoring double of her own in the bottom of the second for a 2-0 Notre Dame advantage.
The Flames cut the Irish lead in half in the top of the third inning when Amanda Rivera singled off the left field wall to score Cameron Astiazaran, who led off the frame with a single.
Astiazaran's base-knock extended her career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
UIC pulled ahead in the top of the fifth inning with a pair or runs for a 3-2 lead. Junior Sara Hernandez tied the score with a double that plated Astiazaran. Sophomore Nicole Shepard gave the Flames the lead later in the frame with a bases-loaded single through the left side of the infield.
The Irish worked a little two-out magic to level the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Nicole deFau on second, catcher Mallorie Lenn roped a 2-2 pitch from Aguilar into left to knot the game at 3-3.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday as they begin a three-game Horizon League series versus UW-Green Bay at Flame Field. First pitch of the afternoon twinbill is set for 1:00 p.m.