March 2, 2008
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Kerry Hickey's RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the University of Central Florida in a pitching duel, 1-0, in the championship game of the UCF Knight Games Tournament. The Terps move to 13-1 on the season, the best start in school history. Sarah Dooley pitched six scoreless innings to move to 5-1 on the season.
Belak led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to the shortstop. After a strikeout, Hickey came up and smashed a double down the left field to score Belak and give the Terps their 10th straight victory.
Maryland's Meredith Nelles came into the game to replace starter Sarah Dooley in the seventh inning. She forced Allison Kime into a ground out and struck out Barrow. She induced Ashleigh Cole to ground out to third to end the game. It's Nelles' first save on the season.
In the bottom of the first inning, Jenny Belak walked to lead off, but UCF starter Kime (7-5) had a strikeout and then started a double play to end the threat.
Meghan Booth singled in the third inning for the Terps' first hit, but Kime finished the inning, striking out the next two batters.
In the fourth inning, UCF's Breanne Javier singled, but was out on a fielder's choice grounder by Kime. Barrow walked, but Dooley induced Ashleigh Cole to ground into a double play. The Terps' Devin Williams fielded the sharply hit ball, stepped on third base and fired across the diamond to Sarde Stewart at first base to gun down Cole.
Dooley finished the game pitching six innings with only two hits and one strikeout. Kime ended with a complete game and six strikeouts.
Maryland returns to action on Wednesday hosting a doubleheader against James Madison starting at 4 p.m.
UCF 000 000 0 - 0 2 1 Maryland 000 001 X - 1 4 0Allison Kime and L. Dean; Sarah Dooley, Meredith Nelles (7) and Brittany Bessho. W - Dooley, 5-1. L - Kime, 7-5. S - Nelles.