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    Junior Brittany McIntyre tossed a shutout in game one versus Loyola on Saturday.
     
    Junior Brittany McIntyre tossed a shutout in game one versus Loyola on Saturday.
     
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    April 16, 2005

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team split its afternoon doubleheader at Loyola on Saturday afternoon, shutting out the Ramblers 3-0 in the opener, before dropping a 12-3, five-inning decision in the nightcap.

    The Flames are now 29-21 overall and 6-2 in Horizon League play. Loyola moved to 12-22, 5-4 in league action.

    In game one, McIntyre tossed her third straight shutout against a Horizon League opponent as the Flames silenced the Ramblers, 3-0.

    McIntyre allowed just four hits while fanning four to pick up her career-high 14th win of the season.

    Junior Nicole Shepard's run-scoring single in the top of the fifth inning broke open a scoreless game.

    With the bases loaded, Shepard, who went 2-for-3 in the game, drove the ball through the right side of the infield, plating junior Joyce Cathey. Senior Cameron Astiazaran also scored on the play when Ramblers' right fielder Katerina Krause bobbled the ball to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.

    UIC tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Cathey's sacrifice fly scored junior Michelle Miller (2-for-3).

    Freshman Katie Schubach was tagged with the loss for Loyola, falling to 3-9 on the year.

    Game two saw Loyola tally six runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 12-3, five-inning triumph over the Flames.

    A solo home run by junior Joyce Cathey (2-for-2) and RBI singles by senior Sara Hernandez and Shepard accounted for all three of UIC's runs. The Flames totaled 10 hits in the contest.

    Sophomore Raven Gengler went 3-for-3 with two RBI for Loyola while senior Alison Scanlin tabbed a pair of doubles and two RBI. Sophomore Tara Miller also drove in a pair, capping the Ramblers' first-inning rally with a two-run single.

     

     

    Senior Mia Pangere picked up the win in the circle for Loyola to move to 4-7 on the year.

    UIC starter Mercedes Lovato, who was touched for all six runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning, suffered the loss and is now 14-9 on the season. Freshman Lauren Brennan tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered six runs, five earned on seven hits.

    The Ramblers made the score 7-0 in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Scanlin.

    Cathey's solo home run in the third to put the Flames on the scoreboard. It was her career-high seventh homer of the year.

    Loyola scratched the scoreboard for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gengler's two-run double and Krause's two-run home run highlighted the rally.

    UIC tried to rally back in fifth, plating a pair of runs on singles by Hernandez and Shepard, but Loyola kept the Flames from getting any closer to win the game via run-rule.

    The Flames and Ramblers will wrap up their series tomorrow with a single game at 1:00 p.m.