Nix-Clark Snaps Cougars Out of Slump

Cortney Nix-Clark hit her team-leading fourth home run Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., (Feb. 24, 2007) -- BYU (9-6) met Illinois Chicago (8-10) in its last day of the Palm Springs Classic with both teams badly needing to change their fortunes. In the end, it was the Cougars who were able to reach into their bag of tricks and pull out the 8-1 victory, snapping their four-game losing streak and extending the Flames' slump to five games.

Senior Cortney Nix-Clark led BYU in its only win at the Classic. Nix-Clark went 3-for-4, scored three runs and hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season.

The Cougars went into the top of the third inning trailing 1-0. Tracee Hoch hit a two-out double that scored Jennifer Whiteley to tie the game. After Jodi Norton walked, Mountain West Conference Softball Player of the Week Emi Snow smacked a two-RBI single to left center. UIC pitcher Sarah Clynes provided the last two runs of the inning by walking the next three batters.

Norton doubled in the fourth inning to score Nix-Clark, and Whiteley sent a triple to right field in the fifth that scored Angeline Quiocho. Nix-Clark capped the day with a lead-off homer to left field in the sixth inning.

Dani Urincho gave up only three hits in seven innings and struck out four in her first win of the season.

BYU has the week off but returns to action Thurs., March 8, against Fresno State at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. PST and will be available through live stats.

BYU vs UIC

Feb 24, 2007 at Cathedral City, Ca. (BigLgDrms-Des Moines)

BYU 8

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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NIX-CLARK c.............. 4 3 3 1 0 1 4 1 0

HOCH 2b.................. 4 1 1 1 0 2 5 1 0

NORTON ss................ 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 0

SNOW rf/cf............... 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1

RAMIREZ ph.............. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

URINCHO 1b/p............. 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1

QUIOCHO dh/3b............ 2 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0

PLATT rf................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

JENKINS 3b/dh............ 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0

ANDERSON pr............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WHITELEY lf.............. 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3

GONZALES cf.............. 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

ZINANTI ph/1b........... 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1

GWYN p/1b................ 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0

Totals................... 31 8 9 8 5 8 21 10 7

UIC 1

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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ACKERMAN cf.............. 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0

DIXON lf................. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ROBINSON ss.............. 3 0 1 1 0 1 4 3 1

JACOBY c................. 3 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0

FRYDENDALL 2b............ 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1

ROGERS 2b............... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

STUDZINSKI 1b............ 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0

BRENNAN 3b............... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

MORAN rf................. 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

CLYNES p/dh.............. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

FUEMMELER dh/p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 24 1 3 1 1 4 21 9 4

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 005 111 0 - 8 9 1

UIC................. 100 000 0 - 1 3 1

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E - GWYN; ROBINSON. LOB - Cougars 7; Flames 4. 2B - NIX-CLARK; HOCH; NORTON;

RAMIREZ. 3B - WHITELEY. HR - NIX-CLARK. SH - DIXON. SB - QUIOCHO 2.

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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URINCHO............. 7.0 3 1 1 1 4 24 26

UIC IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CLYNES.............. 4.0 5 6 1 4 3 18 22

FUEMMELER........... 3.0 4 2 2 1 5 13 14

Win - URINCHO. Loss - CLYNES. Save - None.

Umpires - HP: Dani Carson 1B: Rob Powell 3B: Ron Burkhart

Start: 10:30 am Time: 1:49 Attendance: 127

Game: BYU-UIC

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 005 111 0 - 8 9 1

UIC................. 100 000 0 - 1 3 1

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BYU starters: 10/c NIX-CLARK; 4/2b HOCH; 8/ss NORTON; 18/rf SNOW; 22/1b

URINCHO; 33/dh QUIOCHO; 16/3b JENKINS; 3/lf WHITELEY; 24/cf GONZALES; 11/p

GWYN;

UIC starters: 9/cf ACKERMAN; 5/lf DIXON; 21/ss ROBINSON; 22/c JACOBY; 15/2b

FRYDENDALL; 13/1b STUDZINSKI; 24/3b BRENNAN; 2/rf MORAN; 6/p CLYNES; 1/dh

FUEMMELER;

BYU 1st - NIX-CLARK struck out looking. HOCH grounded out to 3b. NORTON

struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UIC 1st - URINCHO to p. GWYN to 1b. ACKERMAN walked. DIXON out at first

c to 2b, SAC, bunt; ACKERMAN advanced to second. ROBINSON singled up the

middle, advanced to second on the throw, RBI; ACKERMAN scored. JACOBY grounded

out to 3b. FRYDENDALL struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

BYU 2nd - SNOW grounded out to ss. URINCHO lined out to ss. QUIOCHO

grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UIC 2nd - STUDZINSKI lined out to ss. BRENNAN grounded out to 3b. MORAN

struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - JENKINS reached on a fielding error by ss. ANDERSON pinch ran

for JENKINS. WHITELEY reached on a fielder's choice, bunt; ANDERSON out at

second p to 2b. GONZALES popped up to ss. NIX-CLARK singled to left field;

WHITELEY advanced to second. HOCH doubled to right field, RBI; NIX-CLARK

advanced to third; WHITELEY scored, unearned. NORTON walked. SNOW singled to

left center, 2 RBI, advanced to second on the throw; NORTON advanced to third;

HOCH scored, unearned; NIX-CLARK scored, unearned. URINCHO walked. QUIOCHO

walked, RBI; URINCHO advanced to second; SNOW advanced to third; NORTON scored,

unearned. JENKINS to dh for ANDERSON. JENKINS walked, RBI; QUIOCHO advanced to

second; URINCHO advanced to third; SNOW scored, unearned. WHITELEY reached on a

fielder's choice; JENKINS out at second ss to 2b. 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 3

LOB.

UIC 3rd - JENKINS to 3b. CLYNES flied out to cf. ACKERMAN grounded out

to 3b. DIXON reached on a fielding error by 1b. ROBINSON struck out swinging.

0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - GONZALES grounded out to 2b. NIX-CLARK doubled to left center.

HOCH struck out swinging. NORTON doubled down the rf line, RBI; NIX-CLARK

scored. SNOW grounded out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UIC 4th - JACOBY singled up the middle. FRYDENDALL lined out to 2b.

STUDZINSKI popped up to 2b. BRENNAN popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - CLYNES to dh. FUEMMELER to p. URINCHO struck out swinging.

QUIOCHO singled to first base. QUIOCHO stole second. JENKINS struck out

swinging. QUIOCHO stole third. WHITELEY tripled to right field, RBI; QUIOCHO

scored. GONZALES flied out to cf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UIC 5th - MORAN struck out swinging. CLYNES lined out to 2b. ACKERMAN

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - ROGERS to 2b for FRYDENDALL. NIX-CLARK homered to left field,

RBI. HOCH struck out swinging. NORTON struck out swinging. RAMIREZ pinch hit

for SNOW. RAMIREZ doubled down the lf line. URINCHO grounded out to 3b. 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UIC 6th - SNOW to rf for RAMIREZ. DIXON grounded out to ss. ROBINSON

grounded out to 2b. JACOBY popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 7th - GWYN to p for JENKINS. / for GWYN. QUIOCHO walked. GWYN

reached on a fielder's choice; QUIOCHO out at second p to ss. WHITELEY popped

up to ss. ZINANTI pinch hit for GONZALES. ZINANTI struck out swinging. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UIC 7th - SNOW to cf. URINCHO to p. PLATT to rf for QUIOCHO. QUIOCHO to

3b for GWYN. ZINANTI to 1b. ROGERS grounded out to p. STUDZINSKI singled to

right field. BRENNAN grounded out to p; STUDZINSKI advanced to second. MORAN

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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