South Florida 14, UCF 3

May 20, 2005

GAINESVILLE -- In its inaugural NCAA Regional appearance, UCF dropped a 14-3 decision in five innings to USF at the Florida Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Carmela Liwag set a school record driving home 6 RBI for USF on two bases clearing doubles in the third and fourth innings as the Bulls knocked an NCAA Tournament game record 20 hits for the game.

UCF grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Amber Lamb (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard HS) in the first inning. Cici Alvarez (Pembroke Pines, Fla./McArthur HS) and Bryttani Lindheim (Mission Viejo, Calif./El Toro HS) started the frame for the Golden Knights with back-to-back singles.

USF responded with a run of their own in the second as Christie Chapman hit a double to left field off the glove of a diving Kacie Feaster (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy). Lindsay Enders (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville HS) rebounded striking out Liwag on a change-up to leave the bases loaded, and the score even at one.

The Golden Knights took that momentum as Crystle Krafft (Jacksonville, Fla./Middleburg HS) starting the home half of the second with a double. Krafft would score the go-ahead run on a fielding error by USF second baseman Sarah Watson.

The Bulls used two home runs to take the lead, 4-2, in the third inning. Tiffany Stewart and Danielle Urbanik provided the damage. Later in the frame, USF stretched the advantage to 8-2 on a bases clearing double by Liwag.

Liwag struck again in the fourth with another bases clearing double, while Stewart poked an RBI single.

Ray hit an RBI single in the top half of the fifth to give the Bulls 14 runs.

UCF scored one more in the bottom of the fifth when Stephanie Best (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill HS) hit an RBI single into left field for the final score of 14-3.

The Golden Knights continue regional action tomorrow afternoon against the loser of the Florida/Bethune-Cookman game scheduled for later this afternoon. First pitch is set for 3:30pm. You can follow all the action live from Gainesville via radio webcast on UCFathletics.com

Game Notes: UCF fell to 36-6-1 this season when scoring first*22 of the 47 hits for Amber Lamb this season have produced a run*Crystle Krafft's leadoff double in the second inning tied her with Stephanie Best for the team with 13 doubles*Jania Shinhoster picked up her 25th stolen base of the season later in the second inning*The Bulls batted around in both the third and fourth innings.

NOTES

-- This was the first meeting between South Florida and Central Florida at a neutral site.
-- USF is making its third straight NCAA Regional appearance.
-- UCF is making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Regional tournament in school history.
-- USF broke the NCAA singe-game hits record by notching 20 hits in the five-inning win.
-- USFs Carmela Liwag broke the USF single-game record for RBI when she knocked in six runs to better the previous record of five which had been tied three times this season.
-- USF owns a perfect 7-0 mark against UCF all-time.
-- USFs Carmela Liwag tied an NCAA tournament single-game record as she had two doubles during the contest.
-- Four USF hitters recorded three hits apiece (Christie Chapman, Carmela Liwag, Tiffany Stewart and Danielle Urbanik)

QUOTES

UCF Quotes
Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie
Opening Statement:
South Florida is a very good hitting team and everytime we play them they hit us hard. We came out of the conference tournament having to play six games and you could tell our pitching was a little tired. Lindsay did a great job those first two innings of keeping them off balance, but in the third it just broke open and we didnt have a lot of backing from the defense. It is tough coming out of a conference tournament playing six games and then being prepared to play a good team like South Florida in an NCAA Regional.

On her teams defensive effort:
We looked a little flat-footed today on defense. In the first couple of hits of the game we just didnt jump off the pitch. Those things happen but you have to hustle. Today we just didnt have that.

On bouncing back:
I think theyll be ok. We have played a lot of tough games where we have lost the first one and came back and won the second one. Weve come from behind in a lot of games and this team has a lot of perseverance. Theyll come back strong in tomorrows game.

USF Quotes
Head Coach Ken Eriksen

On the teams win:
If you work hard, you dont have to work long.

On the effect of the conference tournament on UCF pitcher Lindsay Enders
Its almost a benefit to go 0-2 and get out of there instead of playing three or four games prior to coming to the regional. I think the conference tournament definitely took its toll on her.

Senior Carmela Liwag
On the teams offensive performance:
Once we got going, it was just another game. Its like we werent playing an NCAA Regional, it was just another game against another opponent.

On winning todays game:
We stay in the winners bracket, you have to play less games, you have to play less innings. Winning this game was really big. It gives us a really big advantage going into tomorrow.

Junior Tiffany Stewart
On the teams offensive performance:
There are two types of pitches, balls and strikes. Lay off the balls and hit the strikes. We were able to do that today.

On winning todays game:
Coach (Eriksen) told us if we go on a five-game winning streak and were in the College World Series. Its one down, four to go.



-- Courtesy UCF