Softball's Five-Game Winning Streak Snapped In Opening Game Of Doubleheader With Cleveland State
April 30, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team had its five-game winning streak snapped in game one of an afternoon doubleheader with Cleveland State, dropping a 10-6 decision to the Vikings at Flames Field.
UIC is now 34-22 on the year and 10-3 in Horizon League play. Cleveland State, meanwhile, is now 16-22 and 5-4 in league games.
Vikings starter Grace Luginbuhl picked up the win in the circle, allowing five runs on six hits in five innings. Luginbuhl evened her record at 11-11 on the year.
UIC ace Brittany McIntyre suffered her first loss in Horizon League action this season, surrendering 10 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits while striking out six.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran needed just one pitch to get UIC on the scoreboard, depositing the first offering from Luginbuhl over the left centerfield wall for her 13th home run of the season. It was the sixth time this year that Astiazaran has led off the game with a home run.
The Vikings took the lead back in the top of the third inning, plating a pair of runs on three hits. Jackie Cornelius' RBI squeeze bunt single broke the 1-1 tie.
Cleveland State tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Anna Hubert, who had struck out in her two prior at bats, delivered the decisive blow, stepping in with the bases loaded and driving a two-out triple off the right field wall that scored all three runners.
The Vikings added five more in the sixth, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Cornelius.
The Flames scratched back with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior Nicole Shepard (2-for-4) drove in a pair with a home run to center while sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby (3-for-4) also added an RBI single.
Jacoby drove in her second run in as many at bats in the bottom of the seventh for the final 10-6 margin.