Three Late Runs Push Softball Past Butler, 4-1.|
April 27, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team finished off a season-series sweep of Butler on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-1 triumph over the Bulldogs in a single game at Flames Field.
UIC, which had swept a doubleheader at Butler back on April 12th, improved to 11-1 in the Horizon League with the win and now sits at 28-20 overall. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, dropped to 8-9 in league contests, 17-37-1 overall.
Senior pitcher Alison Aguilar was on her game, scattering five hits and allowing just one run en route to her team-high 10th win of the season.
Butler's Melissa Benter was tagged with loss, falling to 6-9.
The Flames capitalized on a Butler miscue to break a scoreless tie in the third inning. With two outs senior Alycia Creese lofted a towering fly ball to left field that was dropped by Cameo Wrasse, allowing Sara Hernandez (3-for-3) to score for a 1-0 UIC lead.
The Bulldogs evened the score in the top of the fifth inning on a two-out RBI single by JoAnna Gonzales, scoring Jill Meinhold. Meinhold had singled with two outs and stole second to put herself in scoring position.
UIC answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs to jump ahead, 3-1. Creese delivered the go-ahead blow, faking bunt with runners on first and second, before pulling back and driving an RBI double to center. Sophomore Nicole Shepard would follow with a sacrifice fly to left field for the Flames' second tally.
The Flames tacked on their fourth run of the game in the sixth on a suicide squeeze bunt from Hernandez, which plated Joyce Cathey (2-for-3).
Junior Cameron Astiazaran, who has missed the last four games due to injury, extended her career-long hitting streak to 21 games with a double in the third inning. It was her 19th two-bagger of the season, which ranks second nationally.
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday as they welcome city-rival DePaul to Flames Field for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m.