Softball's Bats Stay Hot In 12-0, Five-Inning Triumph At Butler|
April 19, 2005
Indianapolis, Ind. - The UIC softball team's offense kept clicking on Tuesday afternoon as the Flames pounded out 16 hits in a 12-0, five-inning victory at Butler.
UIC now sits at 8-2 in the Horizon League and 31-21 overall while the Bulldogs fall to 6-5 in the league and 18-22 overall.
Seven different Flames had at least two hits in the contest as UIC topped the 10-hit mark for the fourth straight game while plating a run in all five innings.
Rookie Brittany Dixon led the way with a career-best three hits while also driving in a pair of runs.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran (2-for-3, 2 RBI), freshmen Lauren Brennan (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Nicole Robinson (2-for-4), juniors Joyce Cathey (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Michelle Miller (2-for-4), and sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby (2-for-3) all notched two hits on the day.
Junior pitcher Brittany McIntyre took care of business in the circle for the Flames, picking up her career-high 16th win as she shutout the Bulldogs on three hits. The Orland Park, Ill., native is now 6-0 this season in Horizon League games.
Butler rookie hurler Nikki Naffziger was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits in two innings.
Freshman Brennan got UIC going with two outs in the top of the first inning when she ripped a 2-2 pitch from Naffziger into the gap in left center field to score a pair of runs.
The Flames tacked on four more runs in the second on RBI singles by Astiazaran, Dixon, Shepard and Brennan to take a 6-0 lead.
Butler inserted reliever Jamie Wonderly in the third, but UIC didn't take its foot off the gas as Cathey, Astiazaran and Dixon delivered run-scoring hits to push the Flames' advantage to 9-0.
UIC added two more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth for the final 12-0 margin.
The Flames will be back in action tomorrow when they welcome Big Ten leader #16 Northwestern to Flames Field for a single game at 6:30 p.m.