Softball Stays Alive At NCAA Region VII Championships With 2-0 Win Over Wisconsin
May 16, 2002
Iowa City, Iowa - The UIC softball team staved off elimination on Thursday evening as they ousted fifth-seeded Wisconsin, 2-0, in game four of the 2002 NCAA Region VII Championships at Pearl Field.
The win snapped the Flames' (43-21) four-game regional losing skid and pushed UIC into a 2:00 p.m. match-up on Friday afternoon versus tournament host, Iowa. The Hawkeyes suffered a gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to Notre Dame on Thursday when the Irish plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Alison Aguilar, who came up on the short end of this afternoon's 1-0 loss to Nebraska, got the job done in her second outing of the day, tossing a complete game, three-hit shutout. Aguilar fanned six and has now allowed just one run on seven hits in 13 innings of work at regionals.
UIC got on the scoreboard for the first time in the top of the third inning as freshman Sara Hernandez' sacrifice fly plated Edel Leyden (2-for-4), who had opened the inning with a double to right-centerfield.
The Flames added to their lead in the fourth inning when sophomore catcher Jacque Vaca launched a 2-2 offering from Wisconsin starter Katie Layne (11-6) over the leftfield wall for wall to put UIC up, 2-0. The solo shot was Vaca's second home run of the season.
The Badger's (32-21) Boo Gillette just missed tying the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but her long drive with a runner on hit the wall, and only resulted in a single. Aguilar would then get Andrea Kirchberg to ground out and Erin Barnharst to fly out to kill the Wisconsin rally and preserve the win for UIC.