Softball Drops Two on Day One of Stetson Tournament


Feb. 24, 2006

Box Score

DELAND, Fla. - Cici Alvarez was 5-for-8 at the plate with one RBI and three runs as UCF fell to Western Michigan, 6-5, and Winthrop, 8-3, Friday afternoon at the Stetson Tournament in DeLand, Fla. The Golden Knights are 6-7 on the season, while the Broncos are 1-1 and the Eagles are 5-6.

"The team did not come out with any intensity today and we were never able to get it together," said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "Some highlights were when Cici stepped it up in several key situations, Jennifer (Tomasetti) with big plays at shortstop and Breanne (Javier) with her bat."

Game One:
The Golden Knights but a dent on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as Alvarez led off with a single to left field. She later scored on a fielder's choice to give UCF a 1-0 lead.

The Broncos evened the score at one apiece in the fifth on an Amanda McBride home run over the left field fence.

With one swing of the bat, Kacie Feaster gave UCF a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run double to left field, plating Alvarez and Ashley Van Ryn.

Western Michigan put a four-spot on the scoreboard in the sixth on two hits, two walks and an error. The inning was capped off by Tricia VanDerSlik who hit a two-run double into right center.

UCF tied the score in the sixth on RBI singles by Alvarez and Lexi Gresham.

The Broncos loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh but only scored one run to take the 6-5 win.

Krysten Shumaker earned the win for Western Michigan, going the distance and giving up five runs on six hits and six strikeouts. Allison Kime was tagged with the loss, pitching six innings and giving up six runs on four hits and five strikeouts.

Game Two:
Alvarez led off the second game with another single to left field. She scored on a Breanne Javier double to left center. Lindsay Dean added a second run for the Golden Knights when Gresham singled to left field.

Winthrop came back in the second and matched UCF's two-spot with one of their own and added two more runs in the third.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles took an 8-2 lead when the team scored four runs on two hits and two errors.

Javier scored UCF's third run of the game on a Shelly Frick sacrifice fly to left field.

At the end of the game, Winthrop was up, 8-3. Shahna Ashard picked up the win in the circle for the Eagles, pitching seven innings and giving up three runs on seven hits and four strikeouts. Gresham was pegged with the loss after pitching 2.2 innings and giving up four runs on six hits and two strikeouts.

The Golden Knights return to DeLand for day two of the Stetson Tournament Saturday evening with the first pitch between UCF and Marist set for 5:30.