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UCF Holds Lady Flames Bats in Check to Win
With the victory, UCF ups its record to 17-13 on the year by picking up its ninth home victory of the season. The loss drops Liberty's record to 2-14-1 on the year, while the one-hit performance marked the fourth time in the last five games the Lady Flames have finished with two or fewer hits in a game.
Neither team could put together much offense early, as the squads combined for five base runners over the first three and half innings of action.
The Golden Knights finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, when UCF pushed across the game's first run.
Hillary Barrow beat out an infield single to the right side of the field. Following a groundout to second, which moved Barrow to second, the third baseman was able to score when pinch hitter Shelly Frick lined a shot to left to erase the 0-0 score on the board.
UCF added to its advantage in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating two additional runs. Cat Snapp led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield.
The catcher advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Marquita Council and scored on a single to left by Tiffany Lane, which got by Shannon McKain. The base hit allowed Snapp to score, while the error allowed Lane to advance to third.
And the Golden Knights took advantage of the base runner being just 60 feet from home, as Breanne Javier singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Lane and push the home team's lead to three runs, 3-0.
The remainder of the game belonged to Allison Kim, as the senior picked up her 12th complete game of the year. The righty allowed just the sixth-inning hit to Hendrix, while walking two and fanning five to up her record to 8-7 on the year.
Sarah Ellis suffered the loss to fall to 1-6 on the year. The junior allowed eight hits, which led to three runs, two of which were earned, while walking one batter and striking out three.
Council, in the lead-off spot, led the Golden Knights by going 2-for-2, while six other UCF players combined to pick up the squad's remaining hits. Lane led the group by going 1-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI, followed by Javier's 1-for-3 outing with the RBI single in the fifth.
The Lady Flames will have tomorrow off before returning to Spring Break action, when they open competition at the Speedline Classic. Liberty will face Boston University at 1 p.m., and Penn State at 6 p.m., in the first of three days of action at the event held in Clearwater, Fla.