Softball Scorches Cleveland State In Doubleheader Sweep To Remain In First In The Horizon League
May 1, 2004
Cleveland, Ohio - The Horizon League-leading UIC softball team remained red-hot on Saturday, opening its showdown with second-place Cleveland State by sweeping the Vikings 13-0 and 12-1 (6 inn.) in an afternoon doubleheader at Viking Field.
The Flames have won seven straight games and 21 of their last 23 contests, moving to 13-1 in the Horizon League and 32-20 overall. The Vikings are now 11-6 in league action and slip to 23-25 overall this season.
In game one, the Flames pounded out 11 hits and capitalized on eight Cleveland State errors in the field en route to the 13-0 triumph.
Senior pitcher Alison Aguilar (12-6), meanwhile, remained undefeated in the circle in league play, moving to 4-0. She tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing just five hits while striking out eight.
The UIC offense got going in the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore Nicole Shepard (2-for-3, 2 RBI) with a second run scoring on the play on an error by the Cleveland State centerfielder.
The Flames made it 5-0 in the second with three more runs behind back-to-back RBI knocks from senior Alycia Creese and Shepard.
Sara Hernandez and Amanda Rivera would deliver run-scoring singles in the fifth to make it a 7-0 ball, before UIC erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh for the final 13-0 margin. Rookie Tonya Maosi highlighted the frame with a bases-loaded double that plated all three runners.
Cleveland State starter Grace Luginbuhl was tagged with the loss in the first contest, despite allowing just one earned run. She is now 12-9.
The second game had a similar result as the first, but the Flames had different players step up and deliver the key hits in the 12-1, six-inning triumph, as the Vikings continued to pitch around Rivera, who walked four times and was hit by a pitch once on the day.
Junior Cameron Astiazaran had her 23-game hit streak snapped in the opening game, but came back with avengance in the nightcap, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI.
Rookie Elizabeth Jacoby also starred in game two, tying the UIC single-game hit record in a 4-for-4, 2 RBI effort.
Fellow freshman Chelsey Barclay kept the Vikings bats at bay, picking up her seventh win of the season after allowing just one run on six hits while fanning six batters.
UIC jumped out early on Cleveland State in game two, tallying a run in the first and then tacking on six more in the third, highlighted by a two-run double by Jacoby and a three-run double by Astiazaran.
In the sixth, with the Flames leading 7-1, UIC added five more runs on five hits, including a two-run single by Astiazaran.
CSU's Kortney Spidell picked up the loss, dropping to 10-9 on the year. She allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
The Flames and Vikings will conclude their series tomorrow afternoon at Viking Field at 1:00 p.m. EST.