Softball Clinches At Least A Share Of The Horizon League Regular-Season Title With 12-6 Win Over Detroit|
May 7, 2005
Chicago, Ill. -The UIC softball team clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular-season title and secured the top seed in next week's league tournament with a 12-6 triumph over Detroit in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Flames Field.
UIC now sits at 13-4 in league play and are a full game ahead of UW-Green Bay (12-5) with one game left for both teams. The Flames win the tiebreaker with the Phoenix after taking two-of-three from UWGB earlier this season.
Detroit fell to 16-25 overall and 7-9 in league play with the loss.
Hernandez, freshman Lauren Brennan and sophomore Liz Jacoby each had three RBI for the Flames.
Freshman pitcher Mercedes Lovato picked up her 17th win in the circle, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings. Junior Brittany McIntyre entered in the sixth with UIC clinging to a two-run lead and kept the Titans at bay en route to her single-season best third save of the year.
Detroit's Christin Bienenstein was tagged with the loss to drop to 3-4, surrendering six runs on eight hits in just one inning of work.
The Flames scratched for three runs in the bottom of the first off Bienenstein with an RBI double by Hernandez and a two-run, two-bagger by Brennan accounting for the scoring.
UIC pushed its advantage to 6-0 in the second with three more runs on RBI knocks by Dixon and Hernandez, as well as a run-scoring groundout by Brennan.
Leading 6-2 in the fourth, the Flames added another tally on a run-scoring single by Hernandez.
The Titans got themselves back in the game in the fifth with a trio of runs to cut UIC's lead to 7-5. Katrina Klemp, Anna Ollgaard and Kaliegh Rafter all had run-scoring hits during the rally.
The Flames broke things open in the fifth, capitalizing on a Detroit error for five unearned runs. Dixon's RBI single and a three-run home run by Jacoby highlighted the rally. It was Jacoby's career-best sixth home run of the season.
A solo home run by Anna Ollgaard in the seventh accounted for the rest of the game's scoring.
UIC will wrap up its three-game series with the Titans on Sunday afternoon at Flames Field at 12:00 p.m.