Softball Run-Rules Loyola, 11-3, In Five Innings To Win Crosstown Series
April 17, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - Senior Sara Hernandez hit a pair of home runs to pace a potent offensive attack for the UIC softball team on Sunday afternoon as the Flames rolled past Loyola 11-3 in five innings in the rubber game of their three-game weekend set.
UIC moved to 7-2 in the Horizon League and 30-21 overall with the win while the Ramblers now own a 5-5 league record and 12-23 overall mark after the loss.
The Flames belted four home runs in a 15-hit effort versus the Ramblers on Sunday, three of which came in the first inning when senior Cameron Astiazaran (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Hernandez (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and junior Nicole Shepard (3-for-4) all went deep.
Hernandez added her second home run, another solo shot, in the fifth. It was her sixth homer of the season and marked her first career multi-home run game.
Flames pitcher Brittany McIntyre surrendered three runs on three hits to pick up her career-high 15th win.
Loyola senior Allison Scanlin snapped a streak of 21 scoreless innings versus Horizon League teams for McIntyre when she took a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a three-run homer in the bottom of the first.
McIntyre is now 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA in league games this season.
Andrea Wise was tagged with the loss in relief for Loyola and is now 0-3 on the year.
Astiazaran wasted little time getting UIC on the scoreboard, belting the first pitch of the game from Loyola starter Katie Schupbach over the right field wall for her career-high 12th home run of the season.
After freshman Brittany Dixon struck out, Hernandez and Shepard hit back-to-back solo homers to give the Flames a 3-0 lead.
Scanlin tied the game in the bottom of the first with a two-out for the Ramblers, three-run homer off McIntyre.
UIC took the lead back in the second with four runs on two hits. Astiazaran drove in pair with a bases loaded single while Hernandez also registered an RBI single in the frame.
The Flames added a pair of unearned runs in the third inning to build its advantage to 9-3.
Hernandez hit her second solo home run of the day and freshman Nicole Robinson (2-for-3) added an RBI single in the fifth for UIC's final two tallies of the day.
The Flames will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on Butler in a single game at 4:00 p.m.