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    Softball Holds Off Wright State In First Round Of Horizon League Tournament, 3-2
     

     
    Junior Cameron Astiazaran hit a two-run shot in the Flames' three-run third inning against Wright State on Thursday.
     
    Junior Cameron Astiazaran hit a two-run shot in the Flames' three-run third inning against Wright State on Thursday.
     
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    May 13, 2004

    Box Score

    Chicago, Ill.- The top-seeded University of Illinois at Chicago softball team held off a late Wright State threat in the top of the sixth inning to capture a 3-2 victory in the first round of the Horizon League Softball Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Flames Field.

    Junior Cameron Astiazaran's two-run blast in the second inning helped the Flames (36-21) move on to face the winner of the Youngstown State-Butler contest tonight at approximately 7 p.m.

    With the loss Wright State (13-42) must play the loser of the Penguins-Bulldogs game tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the double elimination tourney.

    Senior Emily Stoddard chipped in with an RBI and a run scored during the Flames' three-run third inning, while Nicole Shepard went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

    Flames starter Brittany McIntyre (9-6) earned the victory by pitching five innings of two-hit ball before being relieved by Chelsey Barclay in the sixth.

    Down 3-1, the Raiders loaded the bases in the top of the sixth when three of their first four hitters reached on singles off of Barclay. A throwing error to the plate by third baseman Sara Hernandez on Kristin Farley's grounder allowed Amy Price to score and cut the UIC lead to 3-2 with only one out in the inning and the bases still full.

    But Barclay settled down, retiring the next five hitters to earn her second save of the season.

    Amanda Cody (8-22) was tagged with the loss.

    The Flames return to action later tonight to face either Youngstown State or Butler in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament at Flames Field.