Softball Edged By Valparaiso, 5-4
May 5, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team dropped its third straight, one-run decision on Thursday evening, falling 5-4 to visiting Valparaiso at Flames Field.
UIC (35-25) saw an early 2-0 lead disappear as the Crusaders (12-40-1) tallied five unanswered runs with a single tally in second, three in the third and one in the sixth.
The Flames would attempt to rally, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but reliever Andrea Zappia entered and worked 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief to seal the win for Valparaiso.
Starter Brittany Atteberry picked up the win for the Crusaders, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to move to 6-11 on the season. Zappia picked up her third save.
UIC freshman starter Mercedes Lovato was tagged with the loss and is now 16-11 this year. She surrendered four runs on four hits while walking two in 2 1/3 innings.
Things looked good for the Flames early on as a two-run double by rookie Lauren Brennan (2-for-3, 3 RBI) in the bottom of the first inning staked UIC to a 2-0 lead.
Valparaiso cut into the Flames' advantage in the second on a solo home run by Beth Adamski to lead off the frame.
The Crusaders took the lead in the third with three runs on four hits. Taylor Callahan drove in a pair with a single and later scored on a double by Kelly Silvey.
Valparaiso added what would later score what would prove to be a critical insurance run in the top of the sixth inning on a double steal. With runners on first and third and one out, Megan Carroll took off for second. When the Flames threw down, Mallory Gill broke for home and beat the return toss from shortstop Joyce Cathey to put the Crusaders in front 5-2.
UIC pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Brennan and a run-scoring double by freshman Nicole Robinson.
With the tying run on second and one out, the Crusaders brought in Zappia, who induced a groundout and a foul out to end the rally.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday when they host Detroit in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.