Rivera Hits Home Run No. 19 As Softball Sweeps Wright State|
May 8, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Wright State on Saturday afternoon, taking game one, 4-1, before rolling to a 6-2 triumph in the nightcap at Flames Field.
The Flames are now 15-1 in Horizon League action, 34-21 overall, having clinched the league regular-season title on Thursday when Cleveland State swept a doubleheader from Youngstown State. Wright State is now 13-40-1 overall and 2-17 in league action.
Game one proved to be a pitcher's duel between two of the top freshman hurlers in the Horizon League with UIC rookie Chelsey Barclay coming out on top in a 4-1 victory.
Barclay went the distance for her eighth win of the year, allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out two.
Wright State freshman Amanda Cody was the tough-luck loser on Saturday, falling to 9-20 on the year. She fanned nine batters and allowed just a single earned run on nine hits.
Both pitchers ducked in and out of jams early on and the game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Nicole Shepard's RBI single opened the flood-gates for a four-run frame.
Amanda Rutherford was unable to grasp the ball, though, allowing two more runs to score. Sophomore Michelle Miller, who tied her season-best with three hits, followed with an RBI single for the fourth run of the inning.
The Raiders would plate a run in the top of the seventh as Rutherford, who led off the inning with a walk, eventually scored on an error by Creese.
UIC got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap on back-to-back first-inning home runs by Sara Hernandez and Rivera.
Hernandez's fifth home run of the year skipped off the top of the left field wall and over and then Rivera left no doubt with a tape-measure blast, her team-high 19th on the year.
Those home runs chased Wright State starter and eventual losing pitcher Kati Murnane (1-4) from the game.
Starter Creese (6-2) would take care of keeping the Raiders' bats at bay, allowing just two runs in a complete-game victory, which moved her to a perfect 4-0 on the year versus league opponents with a 0.78 ERA.
The Flames tallied their third run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Cathey.
Shepard, who went 3-for-5 with a walk in the twinbill, made the score 4-0 UIC in the fifth with an RBI single to center, before Maosi made it a 6-0 contest with a double into the right-centerfield gap.
Wright State struck for both of its runs in the top of the seventh on RBI knocks from Becky Babin and Cody.
The Flames and Raiders will conclude their three-game series and wrap up the regular-season on Sunday afternoon with a single game at 1:00 p.m.