Softball Returns Home for Four Atlantic Sun Games

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April 22, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. - The UCF softball team will play four conference games at the UCF Softball Complex over the weekend when Jacksonville comes in on Saturday and Troy visits on Sunday. Saturday will be UCF's Senior Day with festivities beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by the first pitch at 2 p.m., while Sunday's games have the first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

The Golden Knights will enter the weekend with a 38-23-1 record on the season and 10-4 mark in the Atlantic Sun, while Jacksonville comes in with a 28-27 record on the season and a 7-8 mark in the A-Sun. Troy will make the trip to Florida with a 39-16 season record and 15-1 league mark.

Senior Stephanie Best paces the UCF offense with a .331 batting average, 22 home runs, 51 RBI and 125 total bases. She has a team-high slugging percentage of .767. Senior Jania Shinhoster leads the team in hits with 61 and is second in batting average at .328 with 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs.

As a team, UCF is hitting .273 with 43 home runs.

Senior Lindsay Enders anchors the pitching staff with a 19-11 record and a 1.59 ERA. She leads the pitching staff in strikeouts with 159 as opponents are only hitting .193 against her.

As a team, the Golden Knights have an ERA of 2.17, while opponents are batting .229.

UCF is currently third in the Atlantic Sun standings behind Troy and Florida Atlantic. Best tops the league in home runs, walks (46), runs scored (46) and slugging percentage, while Enders leads the conference in wins, shutouts (8), innings pitched (219.2), games started (30) and complete games (27).

Nationally, Best ranks first in home runs, third in home runs per game (0.35) and walks per game (0.74) and 22nd for slugging percentage, while Enders is 20th in wins.

Last time out, UCF fell to USF, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa during a midweek game.

Sophomores Kacie Feaster and Cici Alvarez led the Black and Gold at the plate, each going 2-for-3, while Enders was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits.

Jacksonville is led offensively by Lauren Redfern. The Jacksonville, Fla. native is batting .386 with eight home runs, two triples and twenty doubles. She also leads the Dolphins in slugging percentage (.699).

As a team, Jacksonville is hitting .271 with 21 home runs.

Shannon Jensen leads the pitching staff with a record of 10-9 on the season and an ERA of 1.85. Jensen has given up 56 runs on 101 hits, 50 walks and 110 strikeouts in 125 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .213 against Jensen.

The Dolphins have a team ERA of 2.28.

Last time out, Jacksonville split with Stetson on Wednesday at home. Katie Pestrak led the Dolphins at the plate, going 4-for-6 with one run and one RBI. Katie Dobson took the loss in the first game, while Jensen earned the win in game two.

This will be the fifth time that UCF and Jacksonville have met on the softball diamond with the Golden Knights leading the series, 4-0. The last time that these two teams met was on March 21, 2004 in Jacksonville with UCF defeating the Dolphins, 10-2 in five innings. Sophomore Amber Lamb and senior Bryttani Lindheim were each 3-for-4 at the plate for the afternoon. Taylor Sawyer earned the win for the Knights, giving up two runs on five hits in the five innings of work.

Troy is led offensively by Jenny Boyd. The Hoover, Ala. native is batting .383 with nine triples and three doubles. Tamra Howren leads the Trojans in slugging percentage (.766) and home runs (17).

As a team, Troy is hitting .250 with 33 home runs.

Jocelyn McCallum and Kacie Flinn lead the pitching staff with a combined record of 33-13. McCallum has a record of 16-6 with an ERA of 0.80, while giving up 23 runs on 57 hits, 72 walks and 238 strikeouts in 149.1 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .121 against McCallum. Flinn has a 17-7 mark in the circle for the Trojans with an ERA of 1.17 in 155.2 innings of work. She has given up 42 runs on 102 hits, 35 walks and 160 strikeouts.

The Trojans have a team ERA of 1.15.

Last time out, the Troy Trojans swept visiting Mercer in two games on Tuesday. Stacy Dwyer and Howren led the Trojans at the plate, going 3-for-7 on the afternoon. Flinn earned both wins for Troy, while McCallum picked up her first save of the season.

This will be the ninth time that UCF and Troy have met on the softball diamond with the Golden Knights leading the series, 6-2. The last time that these two teams met was on May 13, 2004 in the Atlantic Sun Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. with UCF defeating the Trojans, 5-2. Lamb led the Black and Gold at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Sawyer earned the win for the Knights, giving up two runs on four hits in the four innings of work.