Softball Caps Impressive Month With First Doubleheader Sweep Of City-Rival DePaul Since 1994

Senior Amanda Rivera hit career home runs No. 49 and 50 in Thursday's doubleheader sweep of DePaul.
Senior Amanda Rivera hit career home runs No. 49 and 50 in Thursday's doubleheader sweep of DePaul.

April 29, 2004

Box Score

Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team registered its first doubleheader sweep of city-rival DePaul since the 1994 campaign on Thursday as they rallied back for a 6-4 triumph in game one, before storming to a 6-1 victory over the Blue Demons in the nightcap at Flames Field.

The sweep put a solid cap on what has been a stellar month of softball for UIC, with the Flames posting a 19-2 record in April to move to 30-20 overall on the season. DePaul, meanwhile, is now 21-25-1 on the year.

Senior Amanda Rivera, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week, kept up her torrid hitting on Thursday, going 4-for-6 in the double-dip with two home runs, a double and five RBI.

Rivera, who has hit eight homers in her last nine games, extended her UIC single-season home run record to 18 while she reaching the 50-career home run milestone with her second blast of the day.

All in all, the Flames pounded out 10 extra-base hits versus DePaul, including back-to-back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning of game one which turned a one-run Blue Demon lead into a two-run deficit.

Junior Cameron Astiazaran also extended her career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a double in game one and pair of knocks in game two.

UIC pitchers, meanwhile, did a solid job of keeping DePaul in check. Senior Alison Aguilar (11-6) picked up the win in game one after allowing just one run on five hits in six innings of relief. Sophomore Brittany McIntyre (8-6) took care of things in the nightcap for the Flames, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and limiting the Blue Demons to just one unearned run on two hits.

In game one, things didn't look good for the Flames early on. They trailed DePaul 4-0 after three innings with All-American starter Sarah Martz seemingly rolling along, having retired the first nine batters in order.



The Blue Demons scratched the scoreboard for three in the first off UIC starter Alycia Creese, highlighted by a two-run double by Sarah Douglas.

In the third, Douglas struck again, plating a run with her second double of the game.

UIC began its comeback in the fourth as a two-out, two-run homer by Rivera cut the Blue Demons' lead to 4-2.

The Flames dug further into DePaul's advantage in the fifth with back-to-back doubles by rookies Tonya Maosi and Elizabeth Jacoby making it a 4-3 game.

With the wind howling out to dead center, UIC used the longball to cap its rally in the sixth as back-to-back-to-back solo homers by Sara Hernandez, Amanda Rivera and Alycia Creese put the Flames in front 6-4 in dramatic fashion.

It was the fourth home run of the season for Hernandez and the second of the year for Creese.

Aguilar, who kept UIC in the game by limiting DePaul to just one run in six inning of relief, kept the Blue Demons at bay in the seventh to pick up her team-high 11th win of the season.

Martz (16-12) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings.

In the nightcap, the Flames used solid pitching by starter McIntyre and a five-run third inning to roll to a 6-1 victory.

McIntyre, who hadn't pitched since April 12th due to injury, was light out in the circle, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before it was broken up on a two-out single by Sarah Martz.

For the day, she allowed just two hits and one walk while fanning seven to move to 8-6 on the year.

UIC trailed 1-0 heading into the third, but the Flames erupted for five runs in the frame. Rivera and Creese both roped RBI doubles while UIC capitalized on three DePaul errors to plate the other three runs.

UIC made it a 6-1 game in the sixth on an RBI single by Rivera.

Tracie Adix (3-9) picked up the loss for the Blue Demons, allowing five runs, three earned, in three innings in the circle.

The Flames will be back in action on Saturday as they open a key, three-game Horizon League series at Cleveland State. UIC enters in first place while the Vikings sit in second in the league just two games back. The series opens with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.