Rivera Breaks Single-Season Home Run Record As Softball Rolls Past Detroit, 7-1
April 25, 2004
Detroit, Mich. - Senior Amanda Rivera shattered the UIC single-season home run record on Sunday afternoon as her 16th homer of the year, a solo blast in the fifth inning, highlighted a 7-1 triumph over host Detroit at Buysse Field.
The Flames swept the three-game series from the Titans (13-26, 5-13) and remain in first place in the Horizon League with a 10-1 record, 27-20 overall.
Rivera broke the UIC single-season record of 15 set by All-American Edel Leyden in 2002.
The Redondo Beach, Calif., native's blast was one of three Flames homers on the day. Sophomore Nicole Shepard (2-for-4, 3 RBI) broke the contest open with her first home run, a three-run shot in the second inning. Rookie Elizabeth Jacoby (2-for-4, 2 RBI) added a solo shot in the sixth, her second of the year.
Senior Alycia Creese did the job for UIC in the circle, remaining undefeated in league play as she allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings. She is now 5-2 overall on the year, but 3-0 versus league foes with two saves and an ERA of 0.35.
After enduring a pair of nail-biters on Saturday, the Flames jumped out early on the Titans on Sunday, plating an unearned run in the first and then tacking on three more in the second on the three-run homer by Shepard.
After Detroit cut UIC's lead to 4-1 with a tally in the fourth, the Flames scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh for the final 7-1 margin.
Rivera and Jacoby put UIC on the board with homers in the fifth and sixth and then Jacoby drove in her second run of the day with an RBI single in the seventh.
The Flames will be back in action on Tuesday, April 27th, as they host Butler in a single game at Flames Field at 4:00 p.m.