UCF Softball Clinches Berth in 2007 C-USA Softball Championship Presented by Coca-Cola

April 30, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Thanks to three consecutive shutout victories over UTEP this past weekend, the UCF softball team is one of four squads to have already clinched a berth in the 2007 Conference USA Softball Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The Knights serve as host for the tournament, which takes place from Thursday, May 10, through Saturday, May 12, at the UCF Softball Complex.

"Knowing that we were going to host the Conference USA Softball Championship presented by Coca-Cola, it has been our goal since the beginning of the year to make the tournament," head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "The girls have worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position."

All-session tickets for the event are priced at $20 for general admission and allow up to four youths per session through the gate at no additional charge. Individual-session tickets are priced at $8, which allow the holder to take in two games. For more ticket information fans may visit www.UCFAthletics.com or call the UCF Ticket Office at 407-UCF-1000.

UCF, which currently owns an 11-10 mark in C-USA and 35-21 overall record, swept the Miners due in part to the efforts of reigning Conference USA Hitter of the Week Breanne Javier (Castaic, Calf./Valencia HS). The sophomore first baseman went 4-for-8 (.500) at the plate, scoring three runs and earning three RBI. She scored the game-winning run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, which the Knights took 1-0.

In the circle, junior Allison Kime (Brandon, Fla./Bloomingdale HS) struck out 22 batters in 15 innings, while freshman Lexi Gresham (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) allowed only two hits and struck out four batters in five innings.

Also claiming one of the six spots in the C-USA Championship presented by Coca-Cola are Houston, East Carolina and Tulsa. Houston (37-15, 18-3 C-USA) also captured the conference regular-season championship and the top seed in the tournament. UCF is currently fourth in standings but could possibly move up to second depending upon what happens around the league this weekend. UCF closes its regular season schedule when it travels to Memphis for a C-USA series May 5-6.

"Our fans and their support for our team have been amazing," Luers-Gillispie raved. "They definitely get the team pumped up during the games. I hope they continue to support us in this unique opportunity. We are very honored that our fans will get to experience the best that C-USA has to offer."

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