Softball Splits In First-Day Action At The 2005 Horizon League Tournament

Junior Nicole Shepard went 4-for-4 with three RBI in the Flames' loss to Detroit on Thursday.
Junior Nicole Shepard went 4-for-4 with three RBI in the Flames' loss to Detroit on Thursday.

May 12, 2005

UIC 13, Youngstown State 4 Boxscore

Detroit 7, UIC 4 Boxscore

Second Round -

Detroit 7, UIC 4

Ashwaubenon, Wis. - The top-seeded UIC softball could not overcome a six-run rally by #5 Detroit in the top of the fourth inning as the Titans dropped the Flames into the loser's bracket of the 2005 Horizon League Tournament with a 7-4 triumph on Thursday afternoon at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex.

UIC (39-26) will now meet the winner of #6 Butler and #7 Wright State on Friday, May 13th, at 11:30 a.m. in an elimination game.

The Titans (18-26), who posted their first win over the Flames since UIC joined the league in 1995, advance to meet #3 Cleveland State tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Detroit starter Anna Ollgaard picked up her second complete-game victory of the day in the circle, allowing just four runs in seven innings to move to 8-6 on the year.

Junior Brittany McIntyre was saddled with the loss for the Flames after surrendering five runs on four hits in three innings. She falls to 20-13 this season.

The Flames got off on the right foot versus the Titans, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Nicole Shepard, who tied the UIC single-game record with four hits, started the scoring with a two-run single. Sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby later made the score 3-0 with a bases loaded groundout.

Detroit cut into the Flames' advantage with a single tally in the third inning, before breaking the game wide open in the fourth.

Sophomore Michelle Baggio keyed the rally with a bases clearing double down the right field line that put the Titans in front, 4-3. Detroit tacked on three more runs before the frame finally ended with UIC trailing by a 7-3 margin.



The Flames would strand runners on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth. In the seventh, UIC looked to be mounting one final comeback attempt as a leadoff double and then an RBI single by Shepard cut the Titans' lead to three.

Ollgaard induced pop outs from the next three batters, though, to end the game.

Opening Round -

UIC 13, Youngstown State 4 (6 inn.)

Ashwaubenon, Wis. - The top-seeded UIC softball team hit four home runs and rapped out 15 hits en route to a 13-4, six-inning triumph over #8 Youngstown State on Thursday morning in the opening game of the 2005 Horizon League Tournament at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex.

Freshman Nicole Robinson, junior Joyce Cathey and senior Sara Hernandez all went deep versus the Penguins before sophomore Elizabeth Jacoby ended the game via run-rule with her two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth.

The Flames, who are now 39-25 on the season, advance to meet #5 Detroit at 2:00 p.m. Youngstown State (19-33) drops into the loser's bracket where they will meet #4 Loyola tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

Junior Brittany McIntyre picked up her career-high 20th win of the season in the circle for UIC. The right-hander tossed six innings, allowing just three earned runs on six hits.

The Flames jumped in front of the Penguins in the second inning when Robinson (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led off the frame with a solo home run to left field. It was her third homer of the season.

After a Jacoby single and a sacrifice by junior Michelle Miller, Cathey (2-for-3, 2 RBI) made the score 3-0 with her career-best 12th home run of the season.

Youngstown would climb back into the game with a run in the third inning and eventually tied the score at 3-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by Lacey Hess.

The Flames took the lead back for good in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI triple by freshman Brittany Dixon (2-for-3) and Hernandez's (3-for-4) two-run homer highlighting a four-run rally.

Up 7-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, UIC ended the game with five runs. An RBI single by Cameron Astiazaran, a two-run knock by Robinson and Jacoby's two-run homer accounted for the Flames' scoring.

Reliever Karlie Burnell took the loss for Youngstown State, falling to 3-10 on the year.