Rivera's Two Homers Pace Softball To Doubleheader Sweep Of Host Detroit|
April 24, 2004
Detroit , Mich. - Senior Amanda Rivera tied the UIC single-season home run record on Saturday as she belted a pair of game-breaking homers in leading the Flames to a doubleheader sweep of host Detroit at Buysse Park.
UIC used a two-run Rivera blast to pull out game one, 3-1, and then rallied back from a 4-1 deficit behind a three-run Rivera homer to take the nightcap, 5-4.
The Redondo Beach, Calif., native has now matched former All-American Edel Leyden's 15-home run campaign in 2002, which then set the UIC single-season homer mark.
With the two wins, the Flames remain in first place in the Horizon League with a 9-1 record, 26-20 overall. The Titans, meanwhile, drop to 5-12 in league play with a 13-25 overall mark.
Senior pitcher Alison Aguilar helped pace UIC to victory in game one, moving to 9-6 on the year as she allowed just one run on six hits while tying her career high with 11 strikeouts.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Flames put three runs on the board.
Rivera got things going with a two-run homer to left field, her 14th of the season.
The Titans tried to mount a rally of their own in the bottom of the fourth, plating a run on a two-out, RBI single by Anna Ollgaard (2-for-3), but Aguilar stranded two runners with a strikeout to end the frame.
Lindsey Roy (6-10) picked up the loss for Detroit, allowing eight hits and three runs in seven innings.
In game two, the Flames found themselves trailing the Titans 4-1, before clawing back to victory behind a four-run, fifth-inning rally.
Hernandez started the scoring in the fourth with an RBI single to plate sophomore Joyce Cathey and move Nicole Shepard into scoring position.
Rivera then followed with her second home run of the day and team-high 15th of the season, a three-run shot to left field off Detroit starter Ollgaard to put UIC in front, 5-4.
Flames reliever Creese, who entered in the bottom of the fourth, would take care of the rest, holding the Titans scoreless over the last 3 1/3 innings pitched to pick up her fourth win of the season. Creese is now 2-0 with two saves and a perfect 0.00 ERA versus league foes this year.
UIC got on the board first in game two as Hernandez (2-for-4, 2 RBI) launched a solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was her fourth homer of the season and staked the Flames to a 1-0 lead.
The Titans tied the game in the bottom of the frame, though, and eventually built their lead with a single run in the third and a pair of runs in the fourth off UIC starter Chelsey Barclay.
The Flames will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon when the two squads battle at 12:00 p.m. CST.