March 22, 2008
Orlando. Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Breanne Javier's (Castaic, Calif.) walk-off single in the sixth inning helped lead the UCF softball team to a series sweep of Conference-USA foe, Tulsa, Saturday afternoon with an 8-0 blanking of the Golden Hurricane at the UCF Softball Complex. With the victory, the Knights improve to 25-14 overall and 6-3 in C-USA action.
Javier went 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI, while Hillary Barrow (Miami, Fla.) paced the offense with a 2-for-3 performance, three RBI and two runs scored.
Allison Kime (Brandon, Fla.) picked up her third win of the series, throwing a complete-game shut out with six strikeouts. The hurler allowed no runs on four hits, while walking only one batter, moving her record to 14-7 on the season and 5-1 in league play.
"Today they put the game together," head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "Offensively, they worked the count and put together the key hits we needed. Defensively, they played solid throughout the game. The win gives us momentum to take on Marshall this weekend on the road."
The Knights totaled four doubles in the game, two shy of the UCF single-game record. Javier, Barrow, Tiffany Lane (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Abby McClain (Waterloo, Iowa) accounted for the four extra-base knocks.
After being held hitless through three innings, Marquita Council (Orlando, Fla.) sparked the Knights' offense for four runs in the frame. The junior led off the inning with a single to third base and Lane ripped a double down the left field line, putting runners at second and third base. A double to right field by Javier plated Council and a screamer down the left field line by Barrow plated a pair of runs, giving the Knights a three-run advantage. The Black and Gold was not done there, however, as a single up the middle by Kime plated the fourth run of the inning.
UCF added three more runs in the fourth inning after McClain doubled off the right centerfield wall, moved to third on a sacrifice hit by Council and scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Lane. After moving to second base, Lane scored on a RBI single from Barrow, before Barrow scored on a throwing error by the Golden Hurricane shortstop.
The Knights put the game away in the sixth inning when Ashleigh Cole (Pace, Fla.) singled up the middle and two-consecutive walks loaded the bases for Javier's walk-off single. The run ended the game due to the eight-run rule.
UCF hits the road for five games next week, visiting Florida Atlantic and Florida International Tuesday and Wednesday, before facing Marshall for a three-game C-USA series Saturday and Sunday.
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