UCF Softball Posts Pair of Shutouts on Opening Day

Feb. 6, 2015

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By Megan Herboth

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Senior Mackenzie Audas started the 2015 UCF Softball season with the fourth no-hitter of her career and the Knights posted a pair of shutout wins over George Mason and Boston College on the opening day of the UCF Invitational.

Audas struck out ten and was one fielding error away from a perfect game as the Knights posted a 7-0 win over George Mason in the season opener. Junior Shelby Turnier finished with 11 strikeouts in UCF's 4-0 victory over Boston College in the nightcap.

UCF-George Mason Box Score

The Knights started the day with three scoreless innings, but quickly turned up the heat in the bottom of the fourth. After senior Kahley Novak led off with a double, sophomore Linnea Goodman collected the second UCF hit of the day with a bunt. Junior Jessica Ujvari scored both Novak and Goodman with a single up the middle.

Junior Samantha McCloskey hit one up the middle to send freshman pinch runner Megan Greenwell and sophomore Willow Kalinen, both making their UCF debuts, around the bases. All-in-all, the Knights tallied four runs on five hits in the inning.

The Black and Gold kept the momentum in the fifth after a pair of George Mason fielding errors put two runners on. Je. Ujvari and junior Kalyn Cenal batted in a run each with hits to the outfield. A combination of three hits and three fielding errors pushed three runs across and gave the Knights a 7-0 lead after five innings and Audas struck out three of the final six batters to earn the win.

UCF-Boston College Box Score

In the second game of the day, the Knights broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth.

Senior Maddy Schroeder's leadoff single was followed by Novak's third hit of the game. Goodman singled to load the bases for senior Farrah Sullivan, who drew a walk and put the Knights on the scoreboard.

Je. Ujvari drew her third walk of the game to send Novak home and extend UCF's lead to 2-0. A pair of sacrifice flies scored two more runs for the Black and Gold before the end of the inning. UCF kept the Eagles off the scoreboard in the sixth and Turnier struck out the side in the top of the seventh to give the Knights their second win of the day.

UCF Softball, which is presented by City Kia, returns to action at 1:30 p.m. against Boston College and wraps up the UCF Invitational at 4 p.m. against George Mason.