UCF Softball Splits Home Opener with Hofstra

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Feb. 21, 2007

Game One Final Stats

Game Two Final Stats

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF softball team took one game from Hofstra in a doubleheader at the UCF Softball Complex Wednesday, winning the second game of the twin-bill, 2-1, after dropping the first game 3-1. Senior Kacie Feaster had two hits and scored both of the Knights' runs in the victory, which helped UCF improve to 7-5 on the season.

Even though she earned the loss in game one, junior Allison Kime (4-3) struck out 10 batters while tossing her seventh complete game. Freshman hurler Ashleigh Cole (2-2) picked up the win in the circle in the night-cap, coming out of the bullpen to pitch 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out four.

The Golden Knights jumped to an early lead vs. Hofstra (4-3) in game one. Feaster led-off the first inning with a double, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt laid by Cici Alvarez. With Feaster in scoring position, senior Amber Lamb smacked a RBI single to center field to score the first run of the game.

Kime kept the Pride in check throughout most of the game, not giving up a hit until the top of the sixth inning when Hofstra's Laura Jaxheimer hit a double to the gap advancing Melissa Hodge to third base. Hodge, along with Jaxheimer, would eventually score on a fielder's choice and an error. The Pride would tack on an insurance run to seal the 3-1 victory.

UCF started the scoring in the third inning of game two with Feaster hitting her first single of the game, stealing second, and getting plated on a sacrifice fly by Lamb. The Pride followed with a run of its own in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Knights came up big in the fifth to break the tie, scoring the game-winning run off some timely Hofstra miscues.

Alvarez aided in both of the Knights' runs, successfully completing two sacrifice bunts in the win. The UCF career leader in sacrifice hits, Alvarez moved her four-year total to 72.

The Black and Gold stays at home to host the three-day UCF Tournament this weekend. Six games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday while three contests are slated for Sunday. Along with the Knights, Alabama State, Albany, Boston University, George Mason and Villanova all will take part in the event. 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.