Feb. 14, 2009


Courtesy of UCF

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Junior Kristina DeMello (Mead, Wash.) fanned a career-high seven batters in a complete-game outing Saturday afternoon to lead the UCF (4-5) softball team to a, 4-1, victory over visiting George Mason (1-2) at the UCF Softball Complex on the second day of the UCF Early Bird Tournament.

The hurler did not give up an earned run in the contest, allowing only three hits and two walks to earn her first win of the season and her first as a Knight.

Tiffany Lane (Moreno Valley, Calif.) was 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and a run scored, while freshman Vanessa Perez (San Diego, Calif.) added a 2-for-3 performance with a double and Abby McClain (Waterloo, Iowa) checked in with two hits and a stolen base.

Mary Helen Tyler (Marianna, Fla.) posted her first collegiate RBI and scored her first run in the win.

The Knights scored first in the game against George Mason after Perez led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on a throwing error by the Patriots' first baseman on a Natalie Land (Mayo, Fla.) bunt. Land would advance to second on the play, move to third on a sacrifice hit by Dean and finally score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Tyler to put UCF by two.

Lane and Breanne Javier (Castaic, Calif.) combined to put the Black and Gold up by three runs in the fifth, with Lane crushing a triple to right centerfield, her third of the weekend, and Javier knocking her in with a RBI grounder to the left side.
UCF extended its lead to four one inning later. Tyler drew a walk and eventually scored on two fielding miscues by George Mason.

The Knights will face No. 11 Tennessee today at 3:30 p.m. in their final game of the UCF Early Bird Classic.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF (4-6) softball team completed its portion of the UCF Early Bird Tournament Saturday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex after falling to No. 11 Tennessee, 1-0, in an eight-inning thriller.

Spectacular defensive plays made up the majority of the nightcap against the Lady Volunteers (7-1), as at the end of regulation the game remained scoreless. UCF's starter, Ashleigh Cole (Pace, Fla.) had given up only two hits to Tennessee through seven innings, while the Knights managed one hit off the visiting team's starter, Ashton Ward.

In the top of the eighth inning, the Lady Vols tacked on the first run of the game, and the eventual game-winner, after Erinn Webb scored on a sacrifice bunt and a UCF throwing miscue. The second baseman was allowed second base at the start of the frame due to the international tie-breaker rule.

UCF threatened to tie it up in the bottom half of the frame when Vanessa Perez (San Diego, Calif.) reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Natalie Land (Mayo, Fla.), but the Lady Vols tossed Perez out at the plate on a fielder's choice, and then forced the Knights to fly out to end the game.

Cole (2-2) suffered the loss in the circle despite giving up only one run, unearned, on three hits in eight innings of work. The junior also posted five strikeouts and walked only one batter.

Hillary Barrow (Miami, Fla.) posted UCF's only hit of the contest, a double to centerfield in the second inning. In six contests this week, the third baseman hit .353 (6-for-17) with four doubles, a home run and two RBI.

The Knights will hit the road Thursday for a non-conference match-up with in-state rival Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m., before returning home to host the Comfort Suites Invitational Feb. 20-22 at the UCF Softball Complex.