March 10, 2011
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By Sarah Tarasewicz
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF softball team is set to host Little League Softball Day at the UCF Softball Complex Sunday when it wraps up its first Conference USA series of 2011 vs. UTEP at 12 p.m.
Young athletes of all ages will get to experience the game of softball at its finest on Little League Softball Day and they will have the complete game experience from the time the team warms up to the game-ending play.
Little League players ages 12 and under from around the central Florida area are invited to attend the Knights' contest vs. the Miners free of charge with their Little League uniform, while parents, coaches, chaperones and players ages 13 and older may purchase tickets for $3 with advanced purchase. To receive the group rate, fans should call the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.
The first 200 youth ages 12 and under through the gate wearing their Little League uniform will receive a pack of UCF Silly Bandz, while all fans will have the opportunity to participate in softball bingo, trivia and the UCF t-shirt toss during the game. Following the contest, participants will be invited to interact with members of the UCF softball team and will have the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite players.
Little League Softball Day is designed to promote what participating in Little League Softball can potentially lead to and will also provide a generous amount of exposure to the participating colleges and universities. This event could lead to an on-going relationship between the local collegiate programs and their surrounding Little Leagues.
UCF enters the league-opening series vs. UTEP with a 7-16 record on the season, with three Knights boasting batting averages over .300. Juniors Allie Jest (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Natalie Land (Mayo, Fla.) pace the Black and Gold with .375 and .347 batting averages, respectively, while senior Abby McClain (Waterloo, Iowa) rounds out the .300 club with a .302 average on the year.
Jest enters the weekend on a 13-game hitting streak and could potentially break the UCF record of 15-straight games with a hit in all three of UCF's contests vs. the Miners this weekend.
The Knights have 17 home games remaining on their 2011 schedule, with season tickets for the season costing only $40. Tickets are available for purchase online at UCFAthletics.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.