Feb. 17, 2008
Manoa, Hawaii (www.ucfathletics.com) - It was just another day in paradise for Breanne Javier (Castaic, Fla.) Saturday as the junior first baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 in UCF softball's 4-2 loss to Long Beach State at the Hawaii Paradise Classic, hitting her first home run of the season over the center field fence. Javier followed up the performance with another three-hit outing in the Knights' 6-0 win over Kentucky a game later. Javier has recorded three hits in a game three different times this season.
The Knights moved to 6-4 on the season with the split and will face Long Beach State at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The Black and Gold opened up the scoring in its first at bat, with Lane and Council leading off the game with two-straight hits before Hillary Barrow (Miami, Fla.) knocked in Lane with a RBI single up the middle to put the Knights on the board first, 1-0.
Lindsay Dean (Jacksonville, Fla.) put UCF ahead by two runs in the second inning, nailing a solo home run over the right center field fence. The dinger was the fifth of her career and her second of the Hawaii Paradise Classic. Another run crossed the plate in the inning on a Javier single through the left side, making the score 3-0.
The Wildcats held the Knights scoreless for the next four innings, until a pair of singles from Council and Javier set up a three-run home run for Allison Kime (Brandon, Fla.) to make the final score 6-0.
Kime also picked up the win in the circle for UCF, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing only one walk while striking out seven.
In game one versus the 49ers, the Black and Gold had eight hits, getting three from Javier and two from Council.
Javier's home run in the sixth inning put the Knights on the board for the first time of the day and gave them a 1-0 advantage going into the seventh.
Long Beach State scored four runs of its own in the top half of the inning off of five hits, including a two-RBI single by Jessica Beaver with one out.
The Knights put a run across in the bottom of the seventh after Ashley Van Ryn (Atlanta, Ga.) doubled and an error by the 49er first baseman off the bat of Council allowed her to score. Long Beach State intentionally walked Javier, putting the Knights' tying run at first base, but Long Beach State's starting pitcher, Brooke Turner, ended the game with a strikeout, her 12th of the contest.
Ashleigh Cole (Pace, Fla.) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out three.
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