Softball Seniors Lead Way To 8-0, Six-Inning Triumph Over Wright State|
May 9, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team's senior class made sure its final regular-season game at Flames Field was a memorable one as they led the charge to an 8-0, six-inning triumph over Wright State on Sunday.
UIC's senior hitters combined to go 3-for-7 at the plate with three RBI while senior starter Alison Aguilar pitched a two-hit shutout with a career-high tying 11 strikeouts.
Senior Emily Stoddard delivered what would prove to be the game-winning hit with a two-out double in the third inning. Senior Alycia Creese went 2-for-4 at the plate and senior Amanda Rivera was shown the ultimate respect, as she was intentionally walked in all four plate appearances, including a bases-loaded free pass in the sixth.
The victory capped a three-game series sweep for the Flames, who finish the regular season with a record of 35-21 and a 16-1 Horizon League mark.
UIC will be the top seed and host at next week's Horizon League Tournament and will open play versus the #8 Raiders (13-41-1, 2-18) on Thursday, May 13th, at 1:00 p.m.
The Flames finally broke through against starter Amanda Cody (8-21) on Sunday in the bottom of the third inning when senior Emily Stoddard dropped a bases-loaded double down the left field line to gibe the Flames a 2-0 lead.
UIC tacked on two more in the fourth inning, capitalizing on a pair of Raider errors.
A one-out double by junior Cameron Astiazaran got things starters for the Flames and chased Cody from the game, as Wright State went to reliever Jacqueline Goosen.
Maosi followed by reaching on a Goosen error, advancing Astiazaran to third base. Maosi then stole second and when the throw sailed into centerfield Astiazaran raced home with the third run of the game.
Sara Hernandez would single through the left side to score Maosi for a 4-0 Flames lead.
The score would grow to 5-0 in the sixth when Wright State intentionally walked Rivera with the bases loaded.
After an error by shortstop Brandi Steiner allowed the sixth run to score, before rookie Elizabeth Jacoby ended the game by run-rule with a two-run double to left.
The Flames will be back in action on Thursday, May 13th, when they open play at the Horizon League Tournament by taking on #8 Wright State at Flames Field at 1:00 p.m.