Softball Moves On To Horizon League Tournament Title Game With Win Over Loyola|
May 15, 2004
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.