Golden Knights Travel to West Virginia to take on Marshall

March 17, 2006

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ORLANDO - The UCF softball team travels to West Virginia to take on Conference USA foe Marshall Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday noon at Dot Hicks Softball Field. The Golden Knights enter the three-game series with a season record of 13-17 and 0-3 in C-USA, while the Thundering Herd are 13-12 and 1-2. The games will be broadcast live on the internet at www.marshall.edu/wmul.

Both teams are in their inaugural seasons in C-USA. UCF made the move from the Atlantic Sun, while Marshall came from the Mid-American Conference.

Scouting UCF...Cici Alvarez leads UCF with a .356 batting average, 32 hits, 20 runs, 13 walks and nine sacrifice hits. Allison Kime is 9-7 in the circle for the Golden Knights with a 1.59 ERA. She has given up 44 runs on 89 hits with a C-USA leading 124 strikeouts in 119.0 innings of work.

Last Time Out...UCF was swept by Tulsa in their Conference USA debut Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The Golden Hurricane won 7-1, 5-2 and 1-0 in the three-game series. Kacie Feaster was 3-for-7 at the plate with one run and one RBI.

Next Up for UCF...The Golden Knights return home to host Houston March 25-26 at 1 p.m. both days.

Scouting Marshall...The Thundering Herd enter the series with a 13-12 overall record and a 1-2 C-USA mark. Rachel Folden leads the team in batting average (.408), hits (31), home runs (11), doubles (7) and RBI (31). Veronica Ralston is 8-6 as a pitcher with an ERA of 3.22. Ralston has given up 52 runs on 69 hits with 67 strikeouts.

Last Time Out...The Thundering Herd split with Indiana State Tuesday afternoon in West Virginia. ISU took game one, 2-0, with Marshall winning game two, 9-1. Deanna Tourville led the Thundering Herd at the plate, going 4-for-7 with two runs. Abigail Harter picked up the win in the second game, going six innings and giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts.

Series vs. Marshall...The Golden Knights and the Thundering Herd have met on the softball diamond three times with UCF leading the all-time series, 2-1. The two teams last met in Rock Hill, S.C. in 2004 where the Golden Knights won, 10-9. Stephanie Best was 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, a double, three runs and three RBI.