UCF Softball Travels to East Carolina for Its First Conference USA Match-Up

March 8, 2007

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UCF: 16-9, 0-0 Conference USA
ECU: 16-6, 0-0 Conference USA
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The UCF softball team is gearing up for its first Conference USA match-up of the season when it travels to Greenville, N.C. to face the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday and Sunday. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. and Sunday's single contest is slated for 11:30 a.m. The Golden Knights bring with them a 16-9 record after winning five last week against teams such as Eastern Michigan, North Florida, Jacksonville State and South Alabama.

Previewing East Carolina
The Pirates have started the 2007 campaign with a 16-6 record after getting first-place honors while hosting the Holiday Inn Express Pirate Clash last weekend. East Carolina's Jessica Johnson has recently been named the Conference USA Player of the Week for her stellar performance from the plate. She is currently leading the Pirates in batting average (.453), hits (24), doubles(8), home runs (5), RBI (19), total bases (47), slugging percentage (.887) and on base percentage (.540).

Remember When....

UCF and East Carolina last met on May 7, 2006 at the UCF Softball Complex. The Pirates took the last of a three-game sweep, sneaking by the Golden Knights, 2-1. Keli Harrell got the win for the Pirates allowing six hits and striking out nine. Allison Kime took the loss for the Golden Knights despite allowing only five hits and striking out five.

Altamonte Springs Tournament Recap

Despite getting rained out in day two of the Altamonte Springs Tournament, the sun still shined down on the Golden Knights as they went 3-1 on the weekend. On day one, UCF blanked Jacksonville State, 5-0 but suffered a close loss to Virginia Tech, 2-1. The Black and Gold bounced back from the defeat to beat Holy Cross in five innings on day three, 9-0. UCF claimed third place in the tournament with a 3-2 victory over South Alabama, highlighted by home runs from Kacie Feaster and Breanne Javier.

Big Sticks for Six

The Golden Knights' bats came alive last week contributing to six wins in eight games over a six-day span. UCF scored 32 runs and pounded out 57 hits to outscore its opponents by 19 runs.

Not So Silent Lamb

Senior Amber Lamb made some big noise last week leading the Black and Gold in most offensive categories. The shortstop led the team in batting average (.440), hits (11), doubles (4), RBI (7) and slugging percentage (.600). Lamb has hit safely in 16 of her last 18 games, seven of which have been multi-hit affairs.

Go Shorty..

UCF played its shortest game of the season at the Altamonte Springs Tournament last weekend. The Golden Knights second game on March 4 against Holy Cross lasted a mere 68 minutes. The five-inning affair ended in a 9-0 victory for the Black and Gold.

Call the Cops...

Stealing bases looks easy when it comes to seniors Kacie Feaster and Cici Alvarez who have combined for 18 stolen bases so far this season. The centerfielder and third baseman landed themselves at number three in the Conference USA standings with nine apiece. Alvarez needs just two more swipes to take sole possession of first place in UCF's career record books.