Wisconsin's Rally Snaps Softball's Eight-Game Winning Streak
May 6, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team had its eight-game winning streak snapped on Thursday afternoon as Wisconsin rallied for a 5-4 victory at Flames Field.
The Flames (32-21) owned a 4-1 lead after three innings, but the Badgers (28-27) chipped away and eventually took the lead with a pair of runs in the seventh off reliever Alison Aguilar, who was striving for her first save of the year.
Diana Consolmagno tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center and then the go-ahead run scored on an error by UIC catcher Elizabeth Jacoby.
With the bases loaded, Kaitlan Reiss grounded to third baseman Sara Hernandez, who went home to force the runner. Jacoby attempted to turn the double play by throwing Reiss out at first, but the ball sailed into right field allowing Anastasia Miller to score all the way from second.
Aguilar picked up the loss, falling to 12-7 on the year. She surrendered three runs, two earned, on seven hits in two innings in the circle. Sophomore Brittany McIntyre tossed the first five frames, allowing two runs on seven hits.
Hurler Eden Brock proved to be the savior for the Badgers, tossing 4 2/3 shutout innings of relief to move to 12-12 on the year.
She spelled Katie Layne, who was taken off the hook after allowing four runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Wisconsin got on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Natalie Phillips. Starter Brittany McIntyre escaped any further damage in the frame, though, getting Anthena Vasquez to foul out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
UIC answered back in the bottom of the second to regain the lead as senior Alycia Creese's two-run homer over the left field wall gave the Flames a 2-1 advantage. It was Creese's third home run of the season.
UIC's lead grew to 4-1 in the third inning. Senior Amanda Rivera plated the first run with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to right. Creese followed with her second hit and third RBI of the day, plating Michelle Miller with a single.
Wisconsin cut into UIC's advantage in the top of the fifth, as Kris Zacher (3-for-4) doubled in a run to make it a 4-2 game.
The Badgers drew even closer in the sixth with Samantha Polito's (3-for-3) RBI single off reliever Aguilar making it a one-run game.
Junior Sara Hernandez also went 3-for-3 at the plate for UIC.
The Flames will be back in action on Saturday as they open up a three-game series at home versus Wright State with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.