Softball's Run At The Horizon League Tournament Ends With 5-3 Loss To UW-Green Bay
May 14, 2005
#2 UW-Green Bay 5, #1 UIC 3
Ashwaubenon, Wis. - The UIC softball team's bid for a second-straight Horizon League Tournament title came to an end on Friday night with a 5-3 loss to second-seeded UW-Green Bay at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex.
Phoenix starter Lisa Meissner kept the Flames' potent offense at bat en route to the victory. She held UIC (40-27) scoreless until the seventh when senior Sara Hernandez launched a two-out, three-run homer to right field. Meissner scattered six hits and struck out nine on the night.
Senior Cameron Astiazaran recorded two of the Flames' hits with her first-inning double giving her the UIC single-season hit record. The Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., native finished her season with 102 hits, passing former All-American Edel Leyden's record of 100 set in 1999.
The Phoenix move on to take on #5 Detroit on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
UW-Green Bay jumped on the board on the game's first pitch when Rebekah Oestreich hit a line drive home run over the right field fence off UIC starter Brittany McIntyre.
The Phoenix would add two more unearned runs in the inning, capitalizing on a pair of two-out errors in the field by the Flames.
The score would remain 3-0 until the fifth when back-to-back RBI doubles by UWGB's Dana Brockman and Oestreich made it a 5-0 contest.
Hernandez's career-best 11th home run in the seventh accounted for all three of UIC's runs.
McIntyre (21-13) suffered the loss for the Flames, surrendering five runs, just three earned, on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
#1 UIC 7, #7 Wright State 1
Ashwaubenon, Wis. - The top-seeded UIC softball team used four more home runs to stay alive at the 2005 Horizon League Softball Tournament with a 7-1 triumph over #7 Wright State on Friday evening at the Ashwaubenon Sports Complex.
The Flames (40-26) move on to meet #2 UW-Green Bay in an elimination contest later on Friday while Wright State concludes its season with a record of 15-24.
A game turned in the bottom of the second inning when Raider starter Amanda Cody, a First-Team All-Horizon League honoree, was forced out of the game after the Wright State coaches failed to report her re-entry at the start of the inning.
Cody had been pinch-run for in the top of the second inning, but was not re-entered by her coaches at the start of the Flames' half of the inning even though she returned to the circle. After she retired Robinson to start the inning, the mistake was reported to the home plate umpire. Wright State was then forced to bring in reliever Jessica Lander.
The Flames rudely welcomed Lander to the game as Jacoby promptly hit her seventh home run of the year, a solo shot to right center, giving UIC a 1-0 lead.
The Flames pushed their advantage to 2-0 later in the inning when junior Joyce Cathey doubled and then scored on back-to-back wild pitches as the Raiders attempted to intentionally walk Astiazaran.
Robinson's two run homer in the third inning made it a 5-0 game. Hernandez (4-for-4) hit a solo shot, her 10th of the season, in the fifth and then Astiazaran added a two-run blast, her team-high 17th, in the sixth to account for the rest of UIC's scoring.
The Raiders scored their lone run on their lone hit off McIntyre in the fifth on a home run by Lindsey Krager.
Lander was tagged with the loss and finishes the year at 7-9.