Astiazaran Homers Twice To Lead Softball To 11-3 Win Over Detroit In Doubleheader Opener
May 7, 2005
Chicago, Ill. - Senior Cameron Astiazaran hit a pair of home runs and drove in five to propel the UIC softball team to an 11-3, run-rule victory over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Flames Field.
Astiazaran, who now has a Horizon League-leading 16 dingers this season, led off the bottom of the first with a homer and then ended the game in sixth with a three-run blast. She also singled home a run in the fourth.
The Flames moved to 12-4 in the Horizon League and 36-25 overall while the Titans slipped to 7-8 in league action and 16-24 overall.
UIC starter Brittany McIntyre picked up the win in the circle, allowing three runs on five hits for her team-high 18th victory of the season.
Detroit's Anna Ollgaard suffered the loss, falling to 6-7 this season.
The Flames pounded out 14 hits in the win with eight different players recording at least one knock.
After Astiazaran got UIC on the board to open the bottom of the first with her Horizon League-leading 15th home run, the Flames pushed the lead to 2-0 later in the frame on an RBI single by Lauren Brennan.
Junior Joyce Cathey made the score 3-0 in the second with her career-best 11th home run to lead off the inning.
Detroit cut into the Flames' advantage with single tallies in the third and fourth inning. Lindsay Roy plated the first run with a single with the second scoring on an RBI double by Michelle Baggio.
Astiazaran gave UIC a little breathing room in the bottom of the fourth inning as her RBI single pushed the Flames' lead to 4-2.
The Titans cut UIC's lead to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, but the Flames got that run back plus one in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double by Elizabeth Jacoby (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and a run-scoring single by Brittany Dixon.
Jacoby doubled home two more in the sixth to make the score 8-3 prior to Astiazaran's three-run shot that ended the game at 11-3.