Softball's 10-Game Winning Streak Snapped With 5-3 Loss To UW-Green Bay In Doubleheader Nighcap
April 17, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team saw its 10-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first Horizon League blemish with a 5-3 loss to UW-Green Bay in game two of an afternoon doubleheader at Flames Field.
With the loss, the Flames are now 21-19 on the year and 6-1 in league play. The Phoenix improve to 6-18, 3-4 with the victory.
UWGB reliever Stephanie Hansen pitched three innings of scoreless relief for her first win of the season. She is now 1-7 on the year.
UIC hurler Chelsey Barclay went the distance and struck out a career-high 10 batters, but still came away with the loss despite allowing just one earned run. The defeat leveled her record at 5-5 this season.
UW-Green Bay jumped out to an early lead, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.
Both runs scored on an odd play in which UIC committed three throwing errors. With Jenny Pingle on first base and two outs, Michelle Kaminski chopped the ball out in front of the plate. UIC catcher Elizabeth Jacoby fired wide of first base, putting the runners in motion. Right fielder Nicole Shepard tried to throw the ball back in, but the ball skipped past the cut-off man and rolled all the way to the backstop. On the overthrow, Pingle headed home. Pitcher Chelsey Barclay attempted to throw out the runner, but her throw sailed past Jacoby, which allowed Kaminski to come all the way around to score to make it a 2-0 game.
The Flames cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Sara Hernandez, which plated Cameron Astiazaran. Astiazaran extended her hitting streak to 16 games to open the frame, doubling over the head of the right fielder.
The Phoenix would get that run back in the top of the fifth on a solo home run off the bat of Michelle Kaminski for a 3-1 UWGB lead.
UIC knotted the score in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run homer by Astiazaran that chased Phoenix starter Lisa Meissner. It was Astiazaran's career-best sixth home run of the season.
The score didn't remained tied for long as UW-Green Bay tallied a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, shortstop Joyce Cathey fielded Anna Nieznanski's ground ball and fired a low throw to first. Senior Alycia Creese made the stretch, but bobbled the ball, allowing Nieznanski to reach first and the go-ahead run to score. Two batters later, Kaminski made it a 5-3 game with an RBI infield single.
The Flames threatened by putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Hansen got Creese to fly out to end the game.
The Flames and Phoenix will conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Flames Field at 1:00 p.m.