Softball Rallies For 5-2 Victory Over UW-Green Bay|
April 18, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - Sophomore Nicole Shepard's two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the UIC softball team battled from behind to pull out a 5-2 victory over UW-Green Bay on Sunday afternoon at Flames Field.
UIC took two-out-of-three in the series and remains in first place in the Horizon League with a 7-1 mark, 22-19 overall. The Phoenix, meanwhile, drop to 3-5 in league play and now own a 6-19 overall mark this season.
Senior Alison Aguilar picked up the win for the Flames, going the distance to earn her seventh win of the year. She allowed just four hits and a pair of unearned runs while striking out four.
Stephanie Hansen was tagged with the loss for UWGB and is now 1-8 on the season.
Aguilar pitched her way in and out of jams early on, stranding runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings.
The Flames squandered a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kathleen Mixan appeared to tag up and score on a line out to left field. The Phoenix appealed the play, though, and Mixan was ruled out for leaving early.
UW-Green Bay finally broke through on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning, capitalizing on a UIC error to take a 2-0 lead. Catcher Kate Sullivan struck the decisive blow with a two-out, two-run single through the left side of the infield.
UIC would pull ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run double by Nicole Shepard.
UW-Green Bay went to reliever Lisa Meissner to open the frame and she surrendered a single to Sara Hernandez. The Phoenix then went back to starter Stephanie Hansen, but the junior struggled to regain her control.
After a wild pitch advanced pinch-runner Jennifer Ruesnow to second, Hansen walked Rivera. Another wild pitch put runners on second and third for Shepard, who delivered the game-breaking double.
Shepard would later advance to third on Hansen's third wild pitch of the frame and would later score on a passed ball for a 4-2 UIC lead. Senior Emily Stoddard would drive in the fifth run off reliever Kristin Kosobucki with an infield single.
Junior Cameron Astiazaran extended her career-best hitting streak to 17 games with an infield single in the bottom of the third inning.
The Flames will be back in action tomorrow when they host Valparaiso in a non-conference doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.