North Florida Sneaks By UCF Softball, 2-1


Feb. 11, 2007

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Boca Raton, Fla. - UCF softball lost a close decision Sunday morning to the University of North Florida, a 2-1 defeat in the final game of the FAU Miken Invitational. The Golden Knights finished the weekend at 3-2 overall, but head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie was proud of the Golden Knights efforts on the weekend.

"Defensively we were strong today and we had great production with the pinch-hitters that came in," Luers-Gillispie said. "I also was very proud of the girls that came in late in the game, and Cici (Alvarez) was the highlight of the weekend. This tournament was a good opportunity to get some games under our belt before we go out to the Las Vegas tournament and face No. 3 UCLA among other top programs."

UNF (3-2) scored early in the game on a pair of singles, a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball off UCF starter Allison Kime. Its second run came in the third inning as Ashley Parenteau started off with a one-out single to right field. A walk to Kelli Rutenbar set up an RBI single from Williams to allow Parenteau to tap home for a 2-0 lead.

UCF fought back hard in the seventh inning but came up just short of sending it into extras. Alvarez started the inning with a single followed by a pair of base hits by Allison Lamb and Ashleigh Cole to fill the bases with just one out. A ground out to second base by Megan Murphy brought Alvarez home to cut the lead in half. Then with two aboard, the nail biter came to a close with a ground out to second base off the bat of Lindsay Dean.

Kime (1-1) took the loss, but pitched the entire game and struck out six batters. She fell to 1-1 on the season.

UCF will return to the field for a single game at Bethune-Cookman Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights, tickets or apparel log on to www.ucfathletics.com - the official site for UCF athletics.

Notes from the weekend
- Ashleigh Cole was brilliant in the circle against Pittsburgh Feb. 10, earning her first collegiate shutout by going the distance in a 2-0 win. She allowed only three hits and struck out one.
- Cici Alvarez swiped four bases on the weekend. She went 6-for-14 at the plate for a .429 average.