Softball Takes 2004 Horizon League Tournament Title|
May 16, 2004
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC softball team claimed the 2004 Horizon League Tournament championship and the NCAA Regional bid that comes with it on Sunday morning with a 4-0 victory over Loyola at Flames Field.
The Flames (39-21) will now await their NCAA postseason fate as pairings are released at 7:00 CST on ESPN News.
In the title game, UIC sophomore pitcher Brittany McIntyre came through with her best effort of the season, tossing a complete-game shutout. McIntyre scattered six hits and struck out four Ramblers, moving to a career-best 10-6 on the year.
The Flames offense struck early versus the Ramblers (31-29), plating all four runs in the bottom of the first inning off starter Mia Pangere.
Senior Alycia Creese then made the score 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to deep center, which plated Miller and advanced Hernandez to third. Sophomore Nicole Shepard would tally the next RBI with a double, before rookie Elizabeth Jacoby made the score 3-0 with a single to center. Senior Emily Stoddard capped the rally with a slap RBI single through the middle.
Loyola's Lindsey LaChiana would enter in relief following Stoddard's hit and would keep the Flames off the scoreboard the rest of the way, allowing just four hits and striking out six.
The Ramblers couldn't scratch the scoreboard off McIntyre, though, as she stranded eight Loyola base-runners.
Following the game, McIntyre, who went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA in two appearances, was name the Horizon League Pitcher of the Tournament. She also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Rivera earned the batting champion award, as well as Horizon League Tournament MVP honors, posting a .750 (3-for-4) average with a double, home run and 3 RBI. She was also walked eight times, giving her a .917 on-base percentage for the weekend.
2004 Horizon League All-Tournament Team
Amanda Rivera, UIC
Brittany McIntyre, UIC
Nicole Shepard, UIC
Sara Hernandez, UIC
Alison Aguilar, UIC
Lindsey LaChiana, Loyola
Beck Marx, Loyola
Tara Miller, Loyola
Amanda Cody, Wright State
Tournament MVP - Amanda Rivera, UIC
Pitcher of the Tournament - Brittany McIntyre, UIC
Tournament Batting Champion - Amanda Rivera, UIC
Defensive Player of the Tournament - Amy Price, Wright State