Softball Tabs Fifth-Straight Win With 2-1 Victory Over Wisconsin

Senior Edel Leyden's 13th home run on the year was the game-winner versus Wisconsin on Tuesday.
Senior Edel Leyden's 13th home run on the year was the game-winner versus Wisconsin on Tuesday.

April 18, 2002

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team won its fifth straight game and notched its third consecutive victory over a Big 10 Conference opponent as they edged visiting Wisconsin, 2-1, on Thursday evening at Flames Field.

The Flames (28-18) tallied both of their runs via the long ball as senior's Amber Stachura and Edel Leyden launched solo home runs of Badgers ace Andrea Kirchberg. UIC ace Alison Aguilar then shut down Wisconsin, allowing just one run on four hits in the contest.

"It was a big victory," Co-Head Coach Sarah O'Malley-Fisher said after the game. "We were ready to go against one of the best pitchers in the Midwest, perhaps one of the best in the nation.

"We really took the right approach at the plate and were ready to go from the first pitch."

The Badgers (25-15) got on the board early, plating a run in the first on a RBI double by Anna Jones.

UIC would get even in the bottom of the second, though, as senior Amber Stachura belted her 10th home run of the season, a solo blast to left-centerfield. The blast marked the first time in UIC history that three Flames have notched double-digit homers in a season. Sophomore Amanda Rivera also has 10 while senior Edel Leyden leads the team with 12.

Leyden, who went 3-for-3 at the plate in the game, would add to her home run total in the bottom of the third inning with a towering solo blast to leftfield to put UIC up, 2-1.

That shot proved to be the game-winner as Aguilar picked up the win to move to 14-8 on the year while Kirchberg fell to 16-12 with the loss.

The Flames will look to continue their winning streak on Saturday as they welcome Horizon League foe Detroit to Flames Field for a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.