UCF Softball Enjoys Comfort of Home as They Host Bethune-Cookman

UCF Softball Game Notes
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March 15, 2007
UCF: 16-12, 0-3 C-USA
BCC: 8-17, 0-0 MEAC
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Home Field Advantage
After three-straight losses on the road, the Golden Knights (16-12, 0-3 C-USA) will enjoy the comfort of home when they host Bethune-Cookman in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday at the UCF Softball Complex. Game one is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. with the nightcap to follow.

Previewing Bethune-Cookman
Previewing Bethune-Cookman The Wildcats moved to 8-17 on the 2007 season after going 1-4 at the Stetson Tournament last weekend. Bethune-Cookman took one game from Mount St. Mary's before dropping two to Stetson on Saturday and Sunday. Brandi Holley leads all Wildcats with a .390 batting average, six doubles, 15 RBI and a .542 slugging percentage. Thursday will mark the 13th meeting between Bethune-Cookman and UCF. The Golden Knights lead the series 8-4.

Remember When...
Early March 2006 signifies the last match-up between the two teams, with Bethune-Cookman squeaking by UCF 4-3 in the Golden Knights' home tournament in Altamonte Springs. Kacie Feaster and Lindsay Dean both registered two hits off Wildcat starter Viveca Patterson with Dean accounting for two of three RBIs for the Black and Gold. The Wildcats scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings off Ashley Baker and Magon Paul to clinch the 4-3 win. Bethune-Cookman returns only four players from last year's contest, while UCF returns eight.

Barrow Wheeling to the Top
In the past ten games, second baseman Hillary Barrow has upped her batting average to .245, good for sixth in the UCF lineup. After the Golden Knights' home contest with North Florida, Barrow held a .172 average, but going 8-for-23 with a four-game hitting streak and two multi-hit games she has put herself in position to break the top five.

Tough Weekend
Allison Kime had two bittersweet outings from the circle last weekend at East Carolina. The junior hurler had a 0.78 ERA in nine innings against the Pirates, allowing two hits and one earned run while fanning 11, despite earning a loss in game two Saturday and giving up a home run in relief Sunday. In Saturday's game, Kime pitched a one-hitter and struck out eight East Carolina batters.

Two for the Show
Thirteen of the Golden Knights' 15 players have had multiple hit games this season. Amber Lamb leads all UCF players with seven total multi-hit affairs.

Double the Fun
The UCF defense is tied for first with UTEP in the Conference USA standings for double plays turned with 11 on the season. The Golden Knight defense also leads Conference USA in assists with 263 and takes second-place honors with 549 putouts.

Leader of the Pack
Senior Kacie Feaster takes her leadership role seriously as she tops all Golden Knights with a .341 batting average, 29 hits, 19 runs, four home runs, 44 total bases and a .518 slugging percentage.

Perfect After Six
Six has been UCF's lucky number in 2007 as the Golden Knights are a perfect 14-0 when they lead opponents after the sixth inning and are 6-0 when they score six or more runs in a single contest.

Call the Cops...
Stealing bases looks easy when it comes to seniors Kacie Feaster and Cici Alvarez, who have combined for 20 stolen base this season. The center fielder and third baseman landed themselves at No. 3 in the Conference USA standings with 10 apiece. Alvarez, who has 74 career steals, needs just one more swipe to take sole possession of first place in UCF's career record books.

Spend St. Patty's at the UCF Ballparks
Saturday, March 17
UCF Softball vs. Southern Miss 1 & 3 p.m.
UCF Baseball vs. Rutgers 6:30 p.m.
Tickets will be interchangeable for the games.
An afternoon softball ticket will get you in free to the baseball game that night and a baseball ticket for that night will get you into the softball double header that afternoon for free. Also wear your green to the games and receive $2 off of your ticket purchase.