Softball Falls 5-4 To Northwestern In Tournament Finale
Oct. 11, 2003
Chicago, Ill. - Northwestern plated four runs in the top of the sixth inning as they rallied back for a 5-4 victory over the UIC softball team in the finale of the 3rd Annual 'Battle in the Windt City' Tournament at Flames Field.
With the win, the Wildcats finished with a perfect 3-0 record to capture the tournament crown. UIC, meanwhile, finished at 0-3.
The Flames owned a 3-1 lead heading into the sixth inning when Northwestern erupted for four runs. An RBI triple by Jamie Dotson, who went 3-for-4 in the contest, started the scoring, then a two-run single by Sheilah McCorckle and an run scoring knock by Erin Mobley off UIC starter Brittany McIntyre gave NU the 5-3 lead.
UIC scratched back for a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Joyce Cathey (3-for-4), but Courtnay Foster, who relieved Wildcat starter Megan Hinck, slammed the door on the Flames comeback hopes, stranding the tying run on second base in the seventh to earn the save.
Hinck allowed 12 hits and four earned runs on the day, but it was enough to earn the win. Sophomore McIntyre was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs on 11 hits.
Northwestern and UIC traded runs in the first inning with both teams lashing out three hits in the opening frame. Senior Amanda Rivera (2-for-3, BB) notched the big hit for the Flames with an RBI single to center.
UIC would put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the third to earn its first lead of the tournament. Back-to-back doubles by Rivera and McIntyre (2-for-4) made it 2-1 Flames, then freshman Liz Jacoby kept the line moving with an RBI single to center to score McIntyre for a 3-1 advantage.
The Wildcats looked to be en route to tying the game when Sheila McCorckle laced a line drive into right field with two outs and runners on second and third, but a diving catch by rookie Becky Moran thwarted Northwestern's rally hopes.
UIC finishes its fall preseason with a record of 2-3 and will now be off until they open the 2004 regular season on Friday, January 31st, at the UCSB Early Bird Tournament.