UCF Softball Splits Doubleheader at FAU Miken Invitational

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Feb. 9, 2007

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Boca Raton, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF softball team opened the 2007 season exactly how it wanted to as the Golden Knights posted a 6-3 victory over Miami (Ohio) in game one of the FAU Miken Invitational Friday. But UCF (1-1) could not pick up its second win as it dropped a 10-0, five-inning affair with host Florida Atlantic.

"We executed so well in our first game of the season," said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "We really needed to get a win in that first game so this team could get some confidence going. While we made a few mistakes against FAU, I was very happy with our production against the RedHawks and I hope we can duplicate that the rest of the weekend."

Game One Recap

UCF recorded three runs in the top of the first against Miami (Ohio) to jump out to a quick lead. Cici Alvarez delivered a one-out hit off starter Meredith Linch and eventually got to second with two away. A walk to Breanne Javier set up UCF's first dinger of the new year, a three-run blast to left center off the bat of starting pitcher Allison Kime.

The Black and Gold added two more in the third on a bases-loaded walk issued to Ashley Van Ryn and an RBI single from Lindsay Dean.

The RedHawks broke up Kime's perfect game in the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles by Ashley Gartland and Halle Popson. After a wild pitch from Kime, Gartland advanced to second and Popson scored the first run for Miami. Gartland later scored in the inning after an error by shortstop Amber Lamb to cut the UCF lead to 5-2.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Golden Knights threatened with Lamb and Javier getting aboard with walks. However, the inning came to an end when Lamb was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice by Shelly Frick. The Redhawks responded with their final run of the game in the bottom half of the inning.

UCF tacked on its last run in the top of the seventh inning. Kime earned the win in the season-opener, tossing a complete game. The junior allowed one earned run on nine hits, while fanning eight.

Game Two Recap

After the win in game one, UCF fell in game two against Florida Atlantic, 10-0. The Owls posted a combined four runs in the second and third innings and never looked back. In the fourth inning, Florida Atlantic put a six spot on the board which would be the final runs of the game.

Ashleigh Cole was tagged with the loss as the freshman tossed four innings, allowing seven hits but only two earned runs. The other eight runs during Cole's tenure were unearned as the defense had five errors. Magon Paul came in for relief in the fifth inning striking out two and managing to keep FAU hitless and off the scoreboard.

Kacie Feaster and Paul each had a hit in the game to lead the UCF offense.

UCF continues the FAU Tournament Saturday with a pair of early games. The Golden Knights face North Florida at 9 a.m. and wrap up the day against Pittsburgh at 11 a.m. Sunday marks the final day of action with bracket play.

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