Softball falls in non-conference action to UCF, 4-2

April 10, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - UCF generated three runs off three sacrifice fly outs to defeat the JU softball team, 4-2, on a cold Tuesday afternoon at the JU Softball Complex.

The Dolphins (14-32) out hit the Golden Knights (29-16), 9-to-6, but tied season-high with 14 runners left on the base to suffer the loss.

"I felt like these were two evenly matched teams today," said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. "We did a good job of putting ourselves in a position to win with our hitting, but couldn't get the big hit to put us over the top. We can't leave that many people on the base paths any more. Hopefully, our team can change this on Friday."

Offensively, Pat Melo extended her hitting streak to seven games after going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored to lead the Dolphins. Senior Valerie Alter posted two hits, while Alexis Novak and Jillian Mirante each had RBI singles for JU.

First baseman Breanne Javier paced the Golden Knights at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a double in the contest.

The Dolphins took an early 1-0 advantage in the first inning from a two-out RBI single to the left side by Novak to plate Melo. Melo initially lead off the inning with a single before scoring.

UCF answered with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in three straight innings to take a 3-1 advantage.

In the second inning, Allison Kime led off with a walk from JU starter and eventual losing pitcher Ashley Iveson. She scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Cat Snapp.

Alter helped turn a double play to end the third inning when she threw out Cici Alvarez at third on a fly out by Amber Lamb, but Jacksonville native Kacie Feaster scored before the third out was made to give UCF a 2-1 advantage. They would score another run from Snapp's second sacrifice fly of the game in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead.

Renee LaCroix began the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to right center field. After two consecutive outs, Alter reached on a single to right field and Melo followed with a walk to load the bases. Mirante brought home LaCroix with a single to make it a 3-2 ballgame, but Lexi Gresham induced Ashley Mora to fly out in the next at bat to quash the rally.

The Golden Knights added an insurance run in the fifth inning from a two-out RBI double by Javier for a 4-2 lead, while Gresham pitched out of jams in the final two innings to secure the win.

Gresham (3-2) earned the win in the circle for UCF, allowing two runs on nine hits and three walks in seven innings.

Iveson (5-9) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks to take the loss, while senior Katie Buell surrendered one unearned run on two hits and fanned one batter in three innings of relief.

The Dolphins play again on Friday when they host East Tennessee State in an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.