UCF Softball Falls to Long Beach State, Kentucky

Stats Stats

Feb. 18, 2008

UCF 0, Long Beach State 5
UCF 1, Kentucky 4

Manoa, Hawaii (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF softball team opened championship day of the Hawaii Paradise Classic with a 5-0 loss to Long Beach State Sunday, before dropping a 4-1 decision to Kentucky later in the day at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Breanne Javier (Castaic, Calif.) and Cat Snapp (Niceville, Fla.) paced the Knights' offense with three hits apiece in the pair of contests, with Snapp going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run against the Wildcats.

Javier was 2-for-3 with a double in the second game, extending her hitting-streak to seven games. The junior first baseman recorded at least one hit in every game of the tournament.

Snapp's home run in the top of the seventh inning against Kentucky tallied the only run for the Black and Gold on the day, while the senior was only a triple away from hitting for the cycle after hitting a double in her first at bat and posting a single in the fifth.

Kentucky jumped on the Knights early, scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-run home run from Molly Johnson. Then, in the sixth inning, Becky Bishop hit a two-run shot of her own to give the Wildcats the 4-1 advantage.

Lexi Gresham (Fresno, Calif.) was tagged with the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on three hits in 0.2 innings, moving her record to 1-1 on the season.

In game one versus Long Beach State, junior Lindsay Dean (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Brittany Hipple (Venice, Fla.) both recorded doubles, while Javier added a single for the Knights' only three hits. Hipple's double was the first of her career.

The Knights had runners in scoring position in three different innings, but were not able to get the timely hit they needed, stranding five runners on base.

Allison Kime (Brandon, Fla.) suffered the loss in the circle for the Black and Gold, despite not giving up an earned run. The senior allowed one run on four hits while striking out one in 4 innings, falling to 5-2 on the season. Ashleigh Cole (Pace, Fla.) pitched three innings of relief against the 49ers, striking out three batters.

The Knights have a short break before traveling to DeLand, Fla., on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. contest against Stetson.

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