Softball Moves On To Horizon League Tournament Title Game With Win Over Loyola

Senior Amanda Rivera hit her 20th home run of the year on Saturday versus Loyola.
Senior Amanda Rivera hit her 20th home run of the year on Saturday versus Loyola.

May 15, 2004

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Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team moved within one win of the 2004 Horizon League Tournament title with a 6-2 triumph over city-rival Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Flames Field.

The Flames (38-21) will now meet the winner of #8 Wright State and #3 Loyola in the title game on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., with a trip to the NCAA Regional Championships on the line.

In a duel between the Horizon League's Co-Pitchers of the Year, UIC senior Alison Aguilar proved the victor. She allowed just two runs, one earned, on three hits in seven innings of work to move to 15-7 on the year.

Loyola hurler Lindsey LaChiana (19-14) lasted just five innings against the Flames, surrendering six runs on eight hits.

Offensively, senior Amanda Rivera paced UIC, going 2-for-2 at the dish with two RBI, including her 20th home run of the season.

For the second straight game, the Flames plated a run in the first inning as Alycia Creese delivered a sacrifice fly to stake the team to a 1-0 lead.

UIC made it 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by freshman Tonya Maosi.

The Flames broke it open in the fifth inning with four runs for a 6-0 advantage. Junior Cameron Astiazaran started the scoring with a run-scoring triple. Astiazaran was eventually plated by Sara Hernandez (2-for-3), before Rivera capped the rally with a long home run to center field.

Aguilar took a no-hitter into the sixth inning that was broken up on a single by Tara Miller.

The Ramblers scratched the scoreboard for single runs in the sixth and seventh inning.